Grand jury indicts 2 ranching brothers from Craig

GRAND JUNCTION — A grand jury has indicted two ranching brothers from Craig who are accused of digging trenches on federal land to dump garbage, waste and debris from their property.

Federal prosecutors say Leland Ray Smith and Bradford Smith also are accused of using heavy equipment to excavate pits, create ponds, and affect the flow of the Woodbury Gulch water channel on property administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

They are due to be arraigned Monday in federal court in Grand Junction.

A number listed for Leland Smith rang busy, and a number for Brad Smith rang unanswered Thursday night. Online court records didn’t indicate whether they have attorneys who could comment on their behalf.


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