3 tons of marijuana equipment, supplies dumped on BLM lands

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information about the dumping of more than 6,000 pounds of equipment and trash associated with an indoor marijuana growing operation.
The equipment, bagged potting soil, fertilizer containers, venting and other associated trash was dumped during the past two months in Estes Gulch, which is just off Colorado State Highway 13 about six miles north of Rifle. The site had apparently been used other times during the past year as well.
“There can be environmental and human health risks associated with these illegal dumps from hazardous pesticides, fertilizers and unknown liquids and powders,” said Colorado River Valley Field Manager Steve Bennett.
Discovered by a BLM ranger, the site was cleaned up last week but the investigation into who dumped this equipment and trash continues.
“We have had some tips come in through Crimestoppers, and the investigation is continuing. We are still encouraging anyone who thinks they might have information to call Garfield County Crimestoppers,” said David Boyd, BLM public affairs specialist.
Garfield County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for any information that will lead to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect or suspects involved in this crime. You can remain anonymous. To report information about this dumping, call (970)945-0101 or visit www.garcocrimestoppers.com and click the “Report a Tip” tab.
There could be other similar sites on public lands – if you find an illegal dump site, please call the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office,(970)876-9008, or your local BLM office. Do not enter the site yourself because of the potential hazards these sites may hold.