- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

UKIAH, Calif. (AP) - A Mexican national has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for growing marijuana on national forest land.

Ivan Espinoza Villafana also was ordered Thursday to pay $14,400 in restitution.

Villafana was arrested last year at a camp in the Mendocino National Forest.

The Chico Enterprise-Record (https://bit.ly/1FBAGSe ) reports bags of fertilizer and pesticides were found at the site. Trees were cut down to make space for marijuana plants, which were watered with irrigation piping running from a nearby stream.

Authorities estimate it’ll cost between $14,400 and $73,500 to rehabilitate the site.

Villafana was convicted of cultivation of marijuana and possession of a firearm.


Information from: Chico Enterprise-Record, https://www.chicoer.com



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