Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for illegal marijuana operation in San Isabel National Forest

A federal judge sentenced a 25-year-old man last week to three years in federal prison for growing and intending to sell large quantities of marijuana, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Margarito Yepez-Sanchez, a Mexican living in the United States illegally, also received three years of supervised release for conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants.

Yepes-Sanchez was first charged in September 2017, after federal agents discovered an illegal marijuana grow in San Isabel National Forest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Agents found approximately 13,800 marijuana plants and at least 120 pounds of processed marijuana on 12 acres of federal land.

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