Aug 31, 2009 7:21 PM by Associated Press

Suspects charged with growing marijuana in forest

Two men are facing felony charges in the discovery of about 14,500 marijuana plants in Pike National Forest.

Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey says 40-year-old David Padilla-Martinez was charged Monday with cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Padilla-Martinez was being held in jail on $100,000 bond. Thirty-seven-year-old Rene Galan Hernandez was charged with cultivation of marijuana and was being held on $10,000 bond.

The suspects' hometowns weren't immediately available.

The discovery Aug. 21 of marijuana in the central-Colorado forest is among the recent cases that have prompted the U.S. Forest Service to investigate how much marijuana is being illegally grown
in national forests in the state.


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