Man sentenced to 3 years for Lassen National Forest pot grow

Jan 8, 2015 5:04 PM by News Staff

A Guatemalan man was sentenced to three years and one month in prison Thursday for growing marijuana in the Lassen National Forest.

According to a news release from the United States Department of Justice, Eric Gilberto Perez, 23, was arrested on July 11 when United States Forest Service agents and Tehama County Sheriff's deputies raided a marijuana cultivation site near the North Fork Antelope Creek in Tehama County in Lassen National Forest.

When authorities arrived they spotted Perez watering marijuana plants. More than 5,200 illegal plants and a shotgun were seized from the growing location.

Perez pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana on October 16. Co-defendant Daniel Gomez-Gonzalez, 32, of Mexico, was arrested the same day near the grow site and has also pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana, he will be sentenced January 22.


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