Jun 2, 2015 2:34 PM by News Staff, Stock Photo
A Mexican national who was running a massive marijuana grow that caused nearly $10,000 worth of damage to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Horacio Sierra Campos, 26, was sentenced Tuesday for growing marijuana and for depredation of natural resources, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
According to court documents, on August 7, 2014, Campos was arrested at a large marijuana cultivation site in the Hobo Gulch area of the Trinity Alps Wilderness.
Approximately 9,998 marijuana plants and 835 pounds of processed marijuana were found at the site.
Significant environmental damage was caused by the marijuana cultivation. Irrigation piping diverted water from a nearby stream to the thousands of marijuana plants under cultivation, which requires approximately 6-to-8 gallons of water per plant per day.
Also at the site were approximately four gallons of liquid fertilizer, several hundred pounds of granular fertilizer, 100 pounds of pesticides, animal repellant, 300 pounds of general trash, 500 pounds of food and cooking waste, and a trash pit within approximately 100 yards of a creek that feeds into the Trinity River. The Forest Service estimates that cleaning Campos's cultivation site will cost approximately $9,250.
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