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Man indicted for growing thousands of marijuana plants

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Mexican national Alejandro Soto-Silva, 21, on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Silva is charged with conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and depredation of public lands and resources, according to United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner of the Eastern District of California.

According to court documents, on July 30, United States Forest Service agents and Plumas County Sheriff’s deputies entered a large marijuana cultivation site on the Plumas National Forest near the Soda Creek drainage.

Officers located more than 3,700 marijuana plants at the site. Soto-Silva was arrested after attempting to flee from approaching law enforcement. He is in custody. The marijuana cultivation caused significant damage to the land and natural resources of the Plumas National Forest.

For the full story and other local stories, read the Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.

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