Two Federal indictments issued on illegal marijuana growing activity in Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Two Central Valley men were indicted today on federal charges they operated an illegal marijuana growing operation on National Fore...



Two Central Valley men were indicted today on federal charges they operated an illegal marijuana growing operation on National Forest land.

A federal grand jury is Sacramento returned a three-count indictment today against Mario Alberto Lopez-Pena, 19, of Winton, and Francisco Madrigal Magana, 25, of Turlock. Both are charged with conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, marijuana cultivation, and depredation of federal lands and resources in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. 
According to court documents, between June 9 and July 8, the defendants were involved in the cultivation of 4,105 marijuana plants south of Rays Peak in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The defendants were arrested on July 8, 2019 and are held without bail at the Sacramento County Jail. 
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Bureau of Land Management. 
If convicted of either of the marijuana charges, both defendants face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. If convicted of damaging public lands, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

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