Sacto 9-1-1
August 27, 2010
U.S. attorney: Indictment charges pair with growing 1,000 pot plants

By Matt Kawahara

A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned a one-count indictment Thursday charging Jose Pelayo, 35, and Nemesio Reyna Ortega, 19, with cultivating 1,000 or more marijuana plants, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported today.

The indictment alleges that Pelayo and Ortega were growing marijuana on federal land in Tehama County on August 6, 2010, according to a news release.

The case is the result of a joint investigation by the United States Forest Service, Tehama County Sheriff's Office and California Department of Fish and Game.

Call The Bee's Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015.

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