Growing Marijuana in Sequoia National Forest Gets Jail Time for Tulare County, California Man
May 14 (Fresno, CA) — Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams and United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced Adrian Rosales-Fuentes, 29, of Goshen, to three years and one month in prison for conspiring to grow, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana grown on public land.
According to court documents, in 2010 and 2011, Rosales-Fuentes conspired with his roommate and co-defendant Jose Rosas-Figueroa, 42, to grow and distribute marijuana. Rosales-Fuentes coordinated picking up workers from a marijuana grow site in the Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County. Agents of the Fresno Office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovered the site consisting of 1,669 marijuana plants as a result of a federal wiretap of one of Rosales-Fuentes’ phones. A small quantity of processed marijuana and additional marijuana plants were also found at his residence during the execution of a federal search warrant. Rosales-Fuentes is subject to deportation to Mexico upon completion of his sentence.
On April 30, 2012, co-defendant Rosas-Figueroa was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison.
This case is the product of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service and King’s County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Operation Trident. Operation Trident was a multi-agency marijuana enforcement effort conducted in Madera, Fresno, and Tulare Counties in 2009 and 2010. To date, 77 federal defendants have been convicted as a result of Operation Trident, which focused on and succeeded in eradicating approximately 663,898 marijuana plants primarily from public lands in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Foothills in the Eastern District of California. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar prosecuted the case.