Two arrested in Colorado forest drug farm case |

Two arrested in Colorado forest drug farm case

Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post

Authorities arrested two people in connection with an elaborate marijuana growing operation in the Pike National Forest in which 14,500 plants were seized last week near Deckers.

The names of the suspects were not released during a news conference today in Golden by Michael Skinner, assistant agent in charge of the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region.

Skinner said because of a recently discovered trend in which large-scale marijuana growing operations have been discovered on forest lands, the Colorado-based agency requested $100,000 to search for such operations and prosecute offenders.

“I do not want to get to the point where it is not safe for the public to go out into national forests,” Skinner said.

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