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Illegal Cannabis Growers Face Up To 20 Years In Prison

Two Mexican citizens have pleaded guilty to growing thousands of marijuana plants in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Armando Vargas-Garcia and Eduardo Montero-Aleman were arrested last September in the Big Mountain Area, where they were growing 8,656 plants. They were raided by Forest Service Officers, Trinity County Deputies, and State Fish and Wildlife Officers. They had bottles of Carbofuran, a toxic pesticide that’s banned in the U.S., as well as guns and archery bows. After pleading guilty Thursday to conspiracy and depredation of public lands, the two will each be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison, plus fines of more than $10 Million.