- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Mexican national has been sentenced to five years in prison for growing thousands of marijuana plants in a Northern California national forest.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento said Wednesday that 30-year-old Mario Lopez-Parra told authorities he had been working in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for about two months when he was arrested in June.

Lopez-Parra also told authorities that during that time he dug approximately 1,000 holes in the forest, planted marijuana from seeds, and watered the marijuana plants. Officers counted 7,589 marijuana plants at the cultivation site.

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