Clovis News

Camper pleads guilty to growing pot east of Clovis

After living in a tent on a marijuana grow site in Sanger for 3 1/2 years, Erik Forest Basye pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to cultivate, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, said U.S. Department of Justice said.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found 327 marijuana plants, 700 marijuana stalks and a .22-caliber rifle on the grow site at Zediker and Shaw avenues east of Clovis where Basye lived. Basye, 34, told investigators he worked at the site hanging marijuana for processing and was paid in marijuana and food.

The site was found after Fresno County sheriff's drug detectives found men unloading 150 pounds of marijuana from a pickup with bullet holes. The men admitted to stealing the marijuana and directed deputies to the site where Basye was found.

Basye will be sentenced on Jan. 13 and faces 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Basye will be detained until then.