Mexican national sentenced for growing pot on forest land

Jun 5, 2015 11:48 AM by News Staff

A Mexican national has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for growing marijuana on national forest land.

Ivan Espinoza Villafana also was ordered Thursday to pay $14,400 in restitution.

Villafana was arrested last year at a camp in the Mendocino National Forest.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office reports bags of fertilizer and pesticides were found at the site. Trees were cut down to make space for marijuana plants, which were watered with irrigation piping running from a nearby stream.

Authorities estimate it'll cost between $14,400 and $73,500 to rehabilitate the site.

Villafana was convicted of cultivation of marijuana and possession of a firearm.


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