wrangell man sentenced to three years probation for marijuana grow on united states forest land
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that a Wrangell man was sentenced in federal court in Juneau to three years probation and 200 hours of community work service for his felony conviction of manufacturing a controlled substance.
On October 31, 2011, Jeffery R. Cox, 37, a resident of Wrangell, Alaska, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.
According to information presented to the court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt, Cox had cultivated 95 marijuana plants on United States Forest Service Property outside of Wrangell, near Rainbow Falls trail. Cox had three separate locations located on Forest Service land where he was growing the marijuana. Cox admitted to federal law enforcement investigators that he was attempting to grow marijuana in order use and sell it.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Burgess indicated that the probationary sentence was based on defendant’s lack of criminal history and the need to deter the defendant from any future criminal conduct.
Ms. Loeffler commended the United States Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Cox.