Though they have not yet given out specific details, the Sheriff's office said in a news release that a concerned citizen reported some suspicious activity.
Based on that report, early Monday morning Iron County Sheriff's Deputies, DEA Agents, US Forest Service Rangers and members of the Iron/Garfield Narcotics Task Force began removing the plants from a marijuan grow near Pinto road which is a dirt road that runs through northern Pine Valley and Harmony Mountains between Cedar City and St. George, Utah.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the marijuana grow and charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana: Marcelo Balderas, 27, of Mira Loma, California, Roman Juarez-Sanchez, 46 and Gabriela Elizabeth Lopez, 26 are both residents of Compton, California. The three are being held on $25,000 bond each.
The news release said the Sheriff's Office is grateful for the cooperation and help from the citizens that hike the back woods area of Iron County and pay attention to this type of activity.