Man guilty in Sequoia National Forest marijuana case


    Photo: Brett Levin / CC BY 2.0 / MGN / file

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – A Mexican citizen has pleaded guilty to U.S. federal charges related to the growth of marijuana in the Kiavah Wilderness area of the Sequoia National Forest.

    Rodolfo Torres-Galvan and his co-defendants were arrested after a two-month investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Officers saw the men emerge from the forest at a drop point long used by marijuana cultivators. The men entered a vehicle and were later stopped in Weldon.

    The defendants were found with freshly harvested marijuana, and more than 1,800 marijuana plants were found at the grow site.

    Prosecutors also said officers found harmful and illegal pesticides at the site.

    Torres and co-defendant Felipe Angeles Valdez-Colima are scheduled for sentencing in April. Charges against co-defendant Mauricio Vaca-Bucio are pending.

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