A Tulare County man was sentenced Monday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for a large marijuana cultivation operation on his property, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, in May 2012, authorities found 4,011 marijuana plants, a processing room and three firearms in one of the homes of Antonio Morales, 49, of Alpaugh. Officers also found 198 marijuana plants at another residence Morales used and identified his stash house at the third property they searched.
According to court documents, Morales and his family members were involved in the distribution of marijuana to the state of Washington.
Seven other people were prosecuted in this case, including Morales' wife Juliana Garcia, 55, and son Gerardo Alonso Morales, 23, who were both sentenced to three years and one month in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Also, Bonifacio Cano Gutierrez, 20, of Colima, Mexico, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and is subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. The remaining six co-defendants were sentenced to 12 to 30 months in prison.
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