Authorities: Marijuana growers using solar power - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Authorities: Marijuana growers using solar power

Posted: Updated:
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press
 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Authorities say illegal marijuana growers are increasingly using solar power to operate large-scale operations and remain off the grid.

New Mexico State Police recently busted up a marijuana operation around the Four Corners region that used solar panels to pump water. And authorities in California have stepped enforcement against solar panel thefts from vineyards that they believe were headed to illegal growers.

Authorities say that some growers are using solar panels to allow illegal marijuana operations to be self-sufficient and remain undetected from local and federal investigators.

Last month, agents in New Mexico raided a solar-operated facility and seized around 250 marijuana plants that were between six- to eight-feet tall in Rio Arriba County.

Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.