Kern County, California Marijuana Grower Pleads Guilty
MAR 26 - (Fresno, CA) — Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams and United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Jose Robles, 65, of Exeter, pleaded guilty today to cultivating marijuana.
According to the guilty plea, Robles admitted to growing more than one hundred marijuana plants. According to court documents, defendant Robles and seven other people were arrested on June 15, 2011 while working at a Kern County marijuana cultivation site outside McFarland containing approximately 2,462 marijuana plants. Robles is the sixth defendant in the case to plead guilty.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Rooney prosecuted the case.
Robles is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Anthony Ishii on June 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. The maximum statutory penalty for manufacturing over one hundred marijuana plants is 40 years in federal prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.