Sacto 9-1-1
March 26, 2013
Sacramento man found guilty in marijuana-growing conspiracy

A Sacramento man has been found guilty of conspiring to manufacture marijuana at homes in Placer County.

Tien Le, 47, was convicted following a six-day jury trial in Sacramento before U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Evidence was presented during the trial of a conspiracy involving Le and his two brothers. Authorities said the three men purchased high-end homes in Auburn and Foresthill to house marijuana growing operations. The three homes had basements ideal for growing large amounts of marijuana.

Le and his two brothers reportedly built three elaborate 1,000-plant grows and harvested approximately 50 to 60 pounds of processed marijuana during the yearlong conspiracy from 2006 to 2007.

Judge Shubb ordered Le remanded to custody following the guilty verdict. He is to be sentenced July 1 and could face 10 years to life in prison.

After serving any sentence imposed in the case, Le could face deportation to China, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Placer County Sheriff's Department, and the Auburn and Elk Grove police departments.

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