Three Las Vegas men pleaded guilty Monday to plans to distribute marijuana grown on agricultural land in southwest Fresno, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.
Rassamee Phothidokmai, 53, Paul Nokham, 49 and Thavone Onsyphanla, 51, were found on the Marks Avenue parcel with 2,932 marijuana plants during a federal search warrant. The marijuana was to be shipped to Las Vegas.
Two of the men will be sentenced March 31, and the third will be sentenced April 7. They face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, Wagner said.
In an unrelated case, Jose Guadalupe Zavala Ramos, 33, from Mexico, was sentenced to two years, three months in prison for plans to distribute marijuana grown on 40 acres of land in Terra Bella.
The man was found cultivating marijuana during a federal search warrant. Agents seized 1,313 marijuana plants and surveillance of marijuana being delivered to other sites on national forest land in Tulare, Kern and Ventura counties.
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