Man indicted for marijuana operation
Angel Guerrero-Gonzalez, 35, an undocumented alien from Mexico, was indicted Thursday for his involvement in a marijuana growing operation in Sequoia National Forest, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
Guerrero-Gonzalez was charged with a drug conspiracy, marijuana cultivation, and the possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, as well as violating immigration law and damaging public land and natural resources. According to court documents, Guerrero-Gonzalez was found armed with a loaded 22-caliber rifle at a marijuana cultivation site in the Deep Canyon area of the Sequoia National Forest. Law enforcement officers seized approximately 2,113 marijuana plants.
If convicted of the most serious drug crimes, Guerrero-Gonzalez faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, if convicted, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
Guerrero-Gonzalez has been ordered detained and is currently scheduled for arraignment on September 7, 2012 in federal court in Fresno.