Man convicted for growing marijuana on public land, patrolling with gun
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —
Last month, a Yolo County jury found 57-year-old Fidel Alvarez guilty of “cultivation of marijuana” and “possession for sale of marijuana.” The jury also convicted Alvarez of being armed during the commission of these crimes.
According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig:
Last September, agents from the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigations Team discovered a marijuana grow one third of a mile off Highway 16 in Yolo County on public lands. The marijuana grow contained over 500 plants that were only a few days away from harvest. Agents discovered Alvarez walking through the field of plants dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying a .22 caliber rifle with a homemade flash suppressor.
Alvarez admitted to agents that he had been hired by drug dealers in Richmond to come and tend to the marijuana plots. He stated that he was going to receive a percentage of the profits from the sale of the marijuana. Experts testified that the plants would produce somewhere between 250 and 500 pounds of marijuana which would have a street value of $250,000 to $500,000, said the D.A.’s office.
“These marijuana grows on public lands are dangerous and the cause of numerous acts of violence across the state,” said prosecutor Michael Vroma, in a press release. District Attorney Reisig commented on the environmental impact. “The toll these marijuana grows have on the surrounding environment due to chemicals and fertilizers is immeasurable,” said Reisig in the same release.
Alvarez will be sentenced on February 25 by Judge Timothy L. Fall. Alvarez faces up to four years in prison.
Editor’s note: the News-Ledger asked the D.A.’s office for a few more details about this case, but the requested information was not provided.
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