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Monday, Feb 25 2013 06:19 PM

Bakersfield man sentenced for marijuana grow

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

A Bakersfield resident was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for cultivating, distributing and possessing with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Alejandro Uriostegui Rodriguez, 40, pleaded guilty last December to growing marijuana in the Lompoc area for distribution from his residence in Bakersfield. According to court documents, in March 2010, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's narcotics detectives seized 600 pounds of processed marijuana from three vehicles they had seen leaving a marijuana growing site in the Lompoc area.

Uriostegui was later linked to the marijuana during a federal search warrant at his residence. At that time, DEA agents found nearly 50 pounds of marijuana in an ice chest in Uriostegui's bedroom and a small quantity of marijuana in his Corvette. He admitted that the marijuana came from Lompoc and that all 650 pounds of marijuana belonged to him and was intended for distribution from Bakersfield, according to the Department of Justice news release.

Uriostegui is the eighth individual to be prosecuted at the federal level as a result of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

-- The Department of Justice for the Eastern District

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