Authorities seized more than 22,400 pounds of marijuana from a large-scale marijuana growing operation spanning five counties in southern Colorado on Wednesday, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced.

DEA agents executed search warrants at a dozen residences in El Paso, Pueblo, Otero, Bent and Crowley counties. 10 of the properties were rentals, the DEA spokesman said. A Laotian organization was preparing to smuggle the marijuana to Texas and Arkansas.

Gazette news partner KKTV reported that authorities raided homes in Cimarron Hills, Olney Springs, Manzanola and Boone.

On Wednesday night, the DEA spokesman said no arrests had been made, but several people were detained in connection with the raids. The DEA is working with local and state authorities on the investigation.

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