Posted: Aug 31, 2009 5:21 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Aug 31, 2009 5:21 PM
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.