- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A 25-year-old Mexican national who organized a marijuana growing operation on U.S. Forest Service land in southwest Idaho has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Boise announced Wednesday that Juan Pablo Villasenor-Villa of Michoacan, Mexico, received the sentence in U.S. District Court.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson says the sentence is for growing the plants, possession of large quantities of harvested marijuana with intent to distribute, and damage to federal public lands.

He was convicted in November following a one-week jury trial. Five other participants have already received sentences up to about nine years.

Authorities discovered the two large marijuana growing operations in the Boise National in Boise County in September 2013.

Authorities destroyed about 7,000 marijuana plants.

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