Pot in California

Mexican national sentenced to prison for growing marijuana in national forest

Sheriff’s Department investigators seize nearly 20,000 marijuana plants

Investigators with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department arrested 17 people and seized $4 million worth of marijuana outside Galt on Wednesday morning, the department said.
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Investigators with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department arrested 17 people and seized $4 million worth of marijuana outside Galt on Wednesday morning, the department said.

A man from Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced Monday in Fresno federal court to almost four years in prison for conspiring to cultivate marijuana on public land, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Raul Cardenas-Solis, 22, was also ordered to pay $11,195 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service to defray costs of cleaning up the area damaged by the cultivation.

Court documents say that in 2017 officers found Cardenas checking water lines at a cultivation site in the North Meadow Creek area in the Tulare County portion of Seqouia National Forest. Extensive damage to the land was caused by deforestation, pesticide and fertilizer use.

Leobardo Diaz, 43, a Mexican citizen, was arrested for maintaining a large illegal marijuana garden on property that did not belong to him. The owner of the property discovered the marijuana plants on Spring Garden Road in Foresthill.

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