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Mexican National Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

A Mexican citizen has been sentenced to prison for growing marijuana in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. One year ago Tuesday a team of federal, state and Tehama County law enforcement raided a grow operation west of Weaverville near Limedyke Mountain. They found several men including 23-year-old Carlos Gutierrez Gonzalez tending about 2500 marijuana plants. A loaded 45 caliber handgun was found near Gutierrez-Gonzalez and a bullet for the gun was in his pocket. Environmental damage was substantial. Among the fertilizer bags was a half-full quart bottle of Carbofuran, a banned poison, as well as a 20 pound bag of powdered Carbofuran. Four cisterns had stopped up mountain streams to divert to the garden’s irrigation system, which had 4500 feet of plastic water lines consuming an estimated 15,000 gallons of water per day. Open latrines were close enough to waterways to contaminate them. More half a ton of trash and 500 pounds of plastic pipe were hauled away. Gutierrez-Gonzalez was sentenced Monday to 4 years 2 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $10,000 restitution. Sebastian Martinez Arreola was sentenced in February to 20 months. Charges are pending against a third defendant.