Drug bust

After clearing the area of marijuana plants, counterdrug personnel load the plants into a net and secure the net to a helicopter hoist for extraction from a remote hillside near Rye, Colo., Aug. 15, 2012. Using a UH-60 helicopter, Colorado National Guardsmen helped move an estimated 7,000 to 9,000 marijuana plants -- nearly $15 million street value -- from two remote grow sites located on private property. Members of the Colorado National Guard Joint Counter-Drug Task Force's Drug Interdiction section were called to assist the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office move the plants, which are growing in steep terrain that's impassible by motor vehicle. The operation is largest marijuana bust in Pueblo County history and one of the largest ever in Colorado. (Official Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral)

PHOTO BY: Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral
VIRIN: 120815-Z-NQ000-182.JPG
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