(AP) - a Mexican National had pleaded guilty to growing thousands of marijuana plants in a Northern California national forest. The US Attorney's office in Sacramento said that 30-year-old Mario Lopez-Parra pleaded guilty Wednesday to growing 7,589 marijuana plants in the Shasta Trinity National Forest in Trinity County. According to the US attorney's office, investigators observed Lopez-Parra at the site and arrested him on June 24, 2014.
Llopez-Parra is scheduled to be sentenced in January. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.