News Release
Date: October 01, 2010
Contact:Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Man Indicted for Marijuana Growing Operation in Valley County

OCT 01 -- (Idaho)- The federal grand jury in Boise has indicted Leonardo Villasenor-Cesar, 22, of La Angostura, Michoacan, Mexico, in connection with a marijuana growing operation on public lands administered by the United States Forest Service. The growing operation was located in Valley County, where Villasenor-Cesar was arrested and where approximately 1,650 marijuana plants were found and eradicated. He has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants, manufacturing 1,000 or more marijuana plants, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.

According to the indictment, on August 31, 2010, law enforcement dismantled the marijuana growing operation and seized and destroyed 1,650 plants and processed marijuana. Two Mexican nationals were living and working on the site all summer where Villasenor-Cesar was arrested. The other person involved in the growing operation fled and was not apprehended. Two loaded handguns were located and seized at the grow site.

The site of the marijuana grow had vegetation cut back to make and conceal a camp site, trails were constructed and clearings were made to allow more sunlight to reach the plants. Water was dammed up for use in camp and for irrigation of the marijuana plants. Chemicals were found at the site and had been used to enhance plant growth and kill insects and other pests.

The indictment was the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Forest Service, in conjunction with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, U. S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Bureau of Land Management, Canyon County Narcotics Unit, Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Idaho State Police, Idaho Fish and Game, and the Idaho National Guard.

The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification,investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.