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(Tribune file photo) Kelly Quernemoen, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency, and other law enforcement officials gather marijuana plants during a pot bust in the Fishlake National Forest near Beaver in 2011.
Utah video warns of marijuana grown on public lands

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.

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At the five minutes fifteen second 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

Twitter: @UtahHikes



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