United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Trinity County Man Indicted For Growing Marijuana
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Wednesday July 3, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Salvador Alcazar-Varelas, 25, of Mexico, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on a two count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and manufacturing marijuana, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Court documents show Mr. Alcazar-Varelas manufactured more than 28,000 marijuana plants on United States Forest Service land.
The statutory penalty for a violation of the conspiracy charge is a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum possible penalty up to life in prison, and a $10,000,000 fine. The statutory penalty for manufacturing at least 1,000 marijuana plants is a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum possible penalty up to life in prison, and a maximum possible penalty of $10,000,000.
The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is the product of a joint investigation by the United States Forest Service, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Department of Justice. Assistant United States Attorney Christiaan Highsmith is prosecuting the case.