Goshen Men Plead Guilty to Marijuana Cultivation
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced today that Adrian Rosales-Fuentes, 29, and Jose Rosas-Figueroa, 42, both of Goshen in Tulare County, pleaded guilty to conspiring to cultivate, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
According to court documents, in 2010 and 2011, while roommates; they conspired to grow marijuana on public land for distribution. Rosas-Figueroa acknowledged in his plea agreement that he was directly involved in the cultivation of marijuana at a grow site in the San Bernardino National Forest in Riverside County east of Temecula from which law enforcement officers eradicated 11,715 marijuana plants. Rosales-Fuentes also acknowledged in his plea agreement that he was directly involved in the cultivation of marijuana in a grow site in Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County where law enforcement officers found and eradicated 1,669 marijuana plants. According to court documents, law enforcement officers also seized a half pound of processed marijuana, some marijuana plants, and a small quantity of methamphetamine during a search of the two men’s residence.
Rosales-Fuentes and Rosas-Figueroa are scheduled for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill on April 30, 2012. Both face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of life in prison, and a $4 million fine.
This case is the product of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation conducted by offices of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Fresno and Riverside with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service and King’s County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Operation Trident. Operation Trident was a multi-agency marijuana enforcement effort conducted in Madera, Fresno, and Tulare Counties in 2009 and 2010. To date, 72 federal defendants have been convicted as a result of Operation Trident, which focused on and succeeded in eradicating approximately 663,898 marijuana plants primarily from public lands in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothills in the Eastern District of California. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case.
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