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Mexican National Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Harmful Marijuana Cultivation Operation in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jaime Alejandro Sanchez Robles, 34, of Mexico, was sentenced today to three years and one month in prison for conspiracy to manufacture 1,708 marijuana plants and depredation of public land in the Jims Creek area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

Sanchez Robles was also ordered to pay $68,812 in restitution to the Forest Service for the damage caused by his marijuana cultivation activities.

According to court documents, on Oct. 20, 2022, law enforcement officers executed a search of a marijuana growing operation in Jims Creek, a remote area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest located in Trinity County. Sanchez Robles was found at the site, and agents observed that water was actively being diverted from a nearby stream and found the remnants of more than 1,200 pounds of soluble fertilizer, 20 gallons of liquid fertilizer, more than 50 pounds of rodenticide, and at least one dead animal. Law enforcement officers eradicated 1,708 marijuana plants and arrested Sanchez Robles.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service with assistance from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. Integral Ecology Research Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the research and conservation of wildlife and their ecosystems, analyzed and documented the environmental damage. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alstyn Bennett prosecuted the case.

Updated January 18, 2024

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