Sixth person convicted of marijuana grow site in Shasta-Trinity National Forest

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SACRAMENTO, California. – A man was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to manufacture marijuana, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Pedro Alvarez-Alcazar, 28, of Mexico, was the sixth defendant convicted of growing marijuana in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Court documents have shown that on August 21, 2018, law enforcement raided a marijuana grow-op in the Shiell Gulch area.

Alvarez-Alcazar was at the scene and attempted to draw a knife while struggling with officers trying to stop him.

Fidencio Palacios-Riano, 22, and Romualdo Palacios-Hernandez, 38, from Mexico were also arrested at the site.

Jesus Manzo Canela, Jose Jesus Suarez Villa, Joseph William Manzo and Francisco Jesus Maldonado were arrested in a vehicle as they had just visited the site, the DOJ said.

Once there, the DOJ said officers saw bags loaded in the trunk. They later found 84 pounds of marijuana in garbage bags.

Officers also found 6,544 growing marijuana plants and seized 500 pounds of processed marijuana from the site, according to the DOJ.

Out of seven defendants, Alvarez-Alcazar is the sixth to be sentenced.


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