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Monday, Dec 17 2012 02:44 PM

Five-year prison sentence in connection with pot growing conspiracy

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

Jerman Madrigal, 20, of Delano, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for possessing a loaded .38-caliber revolver to advance a marijuana growing conspiracy.

According to court documents, 16,205 marijuana plants and more than 850 pounds of processed marijuana were found in the Sentinel Peak area of Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County. A loaded .223 Bushmaster assault rifle with two magazines containing 49 rounds of ammunition, a pellet rifle with a scope, and a .45-caliber handgun were also seized from the marijuana grow site.

Madrigal was also ordered to pay $3,686 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service for the cost of cleaning up the damage caused by the cultivation operation.

- Office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Eastern District of California

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