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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Mexican National Sentenced to 7+ Years in Prison for Forest Marijuana Cultivation

Monday, November 4, 2013


Docket #: 1:12-cr-305 LJO



FRESNO, Calif. — Angel Guerrero Gonzalez, 36, an undocumented alien from Guanajuato, Mexico, was sentenced today to seven years and three months in prison for his involvement in a marijuana cultivation operation on public lands, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. He was ordered to pay $3,470 to cover the damage caused by the operation.

According to court documents, Guerrero was found armed with a loaded .22-caliber rifle at a marijuana cultivation site in the Deep Canyon area of the Sequoia National Forest. Guerrero said he had been hired to care for the marijuana plants by an unknown man at a gas station in Lamont, and he had been living and working there for about one month. Native trees and vegetation were cleared in order to cultivate the 2,113 marijuana plants. The cultivation site was also strewn with trash, fertilizers, and highly toxic pesticides, including Furadan or QúFuran, a highly toxic insecticide manufactured in Mexico that is banned for use on crops intended for human consumption. In granular form, a single grain of Furadan will kill a bird; for humans, one quarter of a teaspoon is a sufficient dose to be fatal.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Karen Escobar prosecuted the case.



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