Man pleads guilty in connection with illegal cannabis grow-op that damaged national forest and engagered species such as the California spotted owl

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Here at CLR we are very happy to see prosecutions of illegal cannabis grows on an environmental basis. If growers are using pesticides, plastics, diverting water we believe in the full weight of the law in order to protect national park ecosystems.   the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog   The CA Leader Post reports Man pleads guilty in connection with illegal cannabis grow-op that damaged national forest A Mexican native involved in a 2,300-plant illegal grow-op in California that caused extensive environmental damage has pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Luis Madrigal-Reyes, 37, has also agreed to pay US$45,057 ($55,871) in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service for the damage to the public land that housed the illegal grow. Court documents indicate the grow-op was in the Basin Creek drainage area of the Sierra National Forest, reports the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of California. Serving as habitat for endangered species like the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the California spotted owl, the area suffered extensive environmental damage because of the grow, notes the statement. Toxic banned pesticides, believed to have been applied to the plants, was found and water from Dutch Oven Creek had been diverted to irrigate the grow-op. Madrigal was apprehended by agents with the U.S. Forest Service after he was seen carrying fertilizers and bags of groceries into the grow site. The suspect tried to escape, but was caught while running down the side of a mountain. He faces a mandatory minimum statutory penalty of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison, as well as a US$10 million ($12.4 million) fine. Sentencing is schedule for Sept. 20. Charges are pending against a co-defendant, 24-year-old Lester Eduardo Cardenas Flores, who is also a citizen of Mexico.…

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