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Rangers Assist In Marijuana Plantation Raid

Bryce Canyon National Park

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During the week of August 24th, rangers assisted officers from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Department of Public Safety’s SWAT, the Forest Service and several other local and state agencies with a marijuana garden eradication operation north of Panguitch, Utah, in Dixie National Forest. Rangers Mark Hnat and Bryan Adams from Bryce Canyon, along with ranger Grant Stolhand and field trainee Mark Cutler, worked alongside Utah DPS SWAT team members posing as hunters in order to monitor traffic in the area and performed reconnaissance  patrols in order to locate a marijuana growing site. On August 29th, rangers Mike Zirwas (CARE), Jeff Kracht (GLCA), and Scott Larson (GLCA) joined Hnat and Adams in assisting the joint agency team assembled to raid the garden.  Approximately 1500 plants, almost twp miles of irrigation piping, and associated equipment and supplies were removed from the area. This raid was one of seven raids in three days in southern Utah. Several arrests have been made in conjunction with these operations. 



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