May 13, 2015 7:13 PM by News Staff
A Mexican national was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday for growing marijuana in the Plumas National Forest.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Alejandro Soto-Silva, 24, was arrested July 30, 2014 when, a team of Plumas County Sheriff's Office deputies and U.S. Forest Service agents raided a large marijuana cultivation site near the Soda Creek drainage in the Plumas National Forest.
Agents recovered 30-40 pounds of processed marijuana and 3,724 marijuana plants. They also found an environment destructive to the forest habitat and water being diverted from forest waterways into the grow area.
Soto-Silva has also been ordered to pay $9,572 in restitution, the amount estimated to fix the forest land damaged by the grow.
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