Jan 16, 2015 2:43 PM by News Staff
Two Eureka brothers pleaded guilty to charges alleging they operated a large marijuana grow in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
According to court documents, Isidro Alcazar-Tapia, 25, and Arturo Alcazar-Tapia, 21, conspired to grow more than 20,000 marijuana plants at two sites in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Trinity County. The marijuana was packaged for distribution at a house in Eureka and on August 4, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home and found 33 pounds of processed marijuana along with more than $6,000 in cash.
Agents also located and destroyed 7,980 marijuana plants at a cultivation site at Big French Creek, and 13,642 marijuana plants at a site at Hobo Gulch Road. The operation resulted in significant damage to the land and surrounding animal's habitat. Experts estimate cleaning the Hobo Gulch Road site will cost the U.S. Forest Service approximately $13,000.
Isidro and Arturo Alcazar-Tapia are scheduled to be sentenced on April 3. They face five to 40 years in prison and $5 million in fines.