Denver Police target illegal marijuana grows, more than 30 addresses involved

Operation fueled by neighborhood complaints

DENVER -- Illegal marijuana grows across the city were targeted by Denver Police in a large-scale operation Tuesday. Police confirm more than 30 addresses were involved.

The effort to crackdown on illegal grows was driven by neighborhood complaints.

Sources tell Denver7 about 300 plants were seized from two homes on the city's east side. That same source said the homes were unoccupied and solely being used as marijuana grows.

A recent report from the DEA asks if residential marijuana grow houses in Colorado are "the new meth houses." The report cites lax regulations as the reason for a proliferation of large-scale grow operation in homes across the state. It also states the weed grown in homes is often shipped out of Colorado and sold in markets where it commands a high price.

Back in March, a Denver police SWAT operation hit several illegal grows following a two-year investigation by the DEA.

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