Investigators find child porn during investigation of illegal marijuana distribution

DENVER - A federal investigation of a suspected illegal marijuana grower and distributor led to the discovery child pornography.

A federal grand jury in Durango, Colo. indicted Stephen Paul Redwood, 31, on April 3. He surrendered on April 10 in Denver, and was advised of the child pornography and marijuana distribution charges that day before a U.S. Magistrate Judge.

According to the indictment, Redwood was receiving, transporting and possessing child pornography for more than a year beginning in July 2012. The FBI, working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Services, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and the Cortez Police Department, determined links to child porn during an investigation of Redwood's connections to illegal marijuana cultivation and distribution, according to a release issued by U.S. Attorney's Office.

After obtaining a search warrant for Redwood's house in Montezuma County in January, investigators found computer media containing child pornography, a live marijuana grow and cured marijuana buds ready for consumption.

The government agencies also suggested during a detention hearing that Redwood sold marijuana to a 14-year-old and other minors.

Redwood is scheduled in federal court on Thursday for a detention hearing.

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