Federal grand jury indicts 3 men for growing marijuana on federal land

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A federal grand jury returned indictments against three men for growing marijuana on federal land.

The federal grand jury in Fresno indicted Mauricio Vaca, Felipe Angeles Valdez and Rodolfo Torres on charges of conspiracy to grow marijuana with the intent to distribute and damaging public lands and natural resources.

The men are all Mexican citizens.

According to court documents, Vaca, Valdez and Torres were arrested in the Kiavah Wilderness area of the Sequoia National Forest. Investigators were able to connect them to a grow site there after stopping the three men as they traveled in a car in Weldon. 

Prosecutors said officers found fresh marijuana in their car and found over 1,000 marijuana plants at the grow site in the federal wilderness area.

If convicted on the drug charges the men face 10 years to life in prison and millions of dollars in fines on each count.

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