Before dawn on Wednesday morning, a large scale narcotics operation got under way in the Ordway area.

Before dawn on Wednesday morning, a large scale narcotics operation got under way in the Ordway area.

Major Scott Copley of the Colorado Highway Patrol said, "This is a large scale operation involving the cooperation of many agencies in several counties. It was put together by the sheriffs, and they should get all the credit. They want to make our communities safer. We are just here to provide resources and assistance." He said the early press releases were so people did not become alarmed from seeing so much law enforcement presence in the area. Following is the first press release.

“On Wednesday, September 28th, a large-scale joint narcotics operation is being conducted across the Arkansas Valley including Otero, Crowley, Bent, Pueblo and El Paso Counties. The illegal marijuana operation is the culmination of an organized crime case started several months ago by Otero County Sheriff Shawn Mobley and Undersheriff Terry Reeves of the Crowley County Sheriff’s Office.

"The Drug Enforcement Administration was brought into the investigation as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Bent County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. Other agencies assisting in the today’s operation include the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Inspector General’s Office, Colorado Army National Guard, Colorado State Patrol, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Prowers County Sheriff’s Office, La Junta Police Department, Rocky Ford Police Department, Fowler Police Department, Colorado Department of Corrections, and Med-Trans Ambulance Service.”