Sep 18, 2014 6:13 PM by News Staff
A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment Thursday against Mexican national Ivan Espinoza Villafana in connection with an illegal marijuana grow in Glenn County.
Authorities say the 24-year-old Villafana was illegally growing marijuana near Ice Springs in the Mendocino National Forest. He was arrested August 19 when drug agents raided the location.
Espinoza was found at the site in possession of a Smith & Wesson revolver and had made modifications to the landscape in an effort to improve marijuana growing conditions.
Espinoza has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, manufacture of marijuana, possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, and depredation of public lands and resources. If convicted, Villafana faces 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
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