Jul 24, 2014 5:30 PM by News Staff
Two men found to be operating a large marijuana grow in Lassen National Forest earlier this month were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday.
A grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Carlos Cortez, 29, and Ismael Rameriz, 24, charging them with conspiracy to distribute and manufacture of marijuana.
The growing spot, near North Fork Antelope Creek, in Tehama County in the Lassen National Forest, was found In June by the Tehama County Sheriff's Office during aerial patrol, then searched and seized by a multi-agency task force on July 11.
Before they entered the site agents spotted Cortez and Ramirez watering the plants. When officers entered, Cortez and Ramirez fled, but were quickly contained. Agents seized and destroyed 6,636 marijuana plants at the cultivation site.
2 days ago