Sacto 9-1-1
July 28, 2011
Man sentenced to prison for growing marijuana on public land

A man from Michoacan, Mexico, has been sentenced to prison for cultivating marijuana on public land.

Nemesio Reyna Ortega, 20, was sentenced in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to three years and one month in prison.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents raided a marijuana-growing operation in a rural area of Tehama Count on Aug. 6, 2010, arresting Ortega and co-defendant Jose Pelayo, 37, also from Mexico. Agents found 5,344 marijuana plants at the grow site, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Pelayo pleaded guilty and is to be sentenced Aug. 25.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, Tehama County Sheriff's Department and the California Department of Fish and Game.

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