1,000 Illegal Plants in National Forest

Denver – Two people have been arrested after law enforcement found an illegal marijuana grow in the Routt National Forest.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado said Alfonso Rodriguez-Vazquez and Nestor Fabian Sinaloa-Sinaloa made their first appearances in court Monday afternoon. Rodriguez-Vazquez are Mexican nationals and are in the country illegally, according to the office.

The arrests come after a three-quarter acre illegal marijuana grow site was found in the Buffalo Pass area northeast of Steamboat Springs. Law enforcement eradicated about 1,000 plants and removed camping gear from the site.

The grow was found after a citizen reported suspicious activity to the U.S. Forest Service.

The defendants have each been charged with manufacture of marijuana. If convicted, they each face between five and 40 years in prison and up to $5 million in fines.

The U.S. Forest Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

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