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Utah video warns of marijuana grown on public lands

Published March 21, 2012 1:22 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

As the temperatures warm and hikers and outdoor enthusiasts return to Utah's mountains, law enforcement in Utah are taking new steps to alert people to marijuana fields.

The Iron County Sheriff's Office and the Utah Department of Natural Resources have produced a video discussing the problem of marijuana on public lands. The goal of the video appears to be asking for public help locating fields and keeping people safe in the backcountry and wilderness.

At the 5:15 mark, there is a list of signs you may have found a marijuana field. Also, the U.S. Forest Service has printed a short list of signs.

Federal, state and local law enforcement have removed thousands of plants worth millions of dollars annually for about the last five years. The fields have all been tied to Mexican drug cartels and dozens of workers have been arrested.

— Nate Carlisle

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