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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Contra Costa Man Sentenced to over 11 Years in Prison for Marijuana Distribution Conspiracy

Monday, October 21, 2013


Docket #:  2:09-cr-358 WBS



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Adolfo Valencia Alvarez, 49, of Contra Costa County, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William B. Shubb to 11 years and three months in prison, for a conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, between November 2008 and July 2009, Alvarez conspired with others to grow and distribute marijuana. Alvarez negotiated with undercover agents to use a property in Todd Valley near Auburn. He recruited others to work in the garden to tend and harvest marijuana plants. Alvarez purchased the food and supplies the men needed. In July 2009, agents eradicated approximately 10,000 plants from the grow site. One of the workers arrested in the grow had a .22-caliber pistol in his possession.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE), the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team (MAVMIT). Assistant United States Attorneys Heiko Coppola and Olusere Olowoyeye prosecuted the case.



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