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Northern California case points to alleged marijuana operation

Thousands of people enjoy engaging in outdoor activities in Northern California, and many take their adventures to the area surrounding nearby Georgetown, where there is plenty of wide-open and natural spaces. However, regular news reports about individuals growing marijuana in that area points to the fact that this section of Northern California is also popular with those who would use the land to further their efforts to sell drugs. If recent allegations prove to be true, this type of activity is exactly what landed a 21-year-old man in jail on drug charges.

According to the reports, a task force made up of authorities from the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigations Team and the West El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team discovered what they allege was a marijuana growing operation in the area east of Georgetown. The reports indicate that only the 21-year-old man was found in the area, where trees had been cleared for the operation. The man was reportedly wearing camouflage when he was spotted, and he was injured during his arrest. The man appears to be a Mexican citizen.

The man was initially being held in the El Dorado County Jail. It appears he will be facing a variety of drug charges, including possession of marijuana for sale and cultivation of marijuana.

These types of drug charges can be accompanied by the potential for severe punishment. Whenever the authorities allege an intent to distribute as well as possession of drugs, the charges usually will reach the level of a felony. And, if this 21-year-old man is indeed a Mexican citizen, he could also face the prospect of deportation. The case is just getting started, and the ultimate result will depend heavily on how the criminal defense strategy is crafted.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Man arrested in raid on marijuana garden near Georgetown," Cathy Locke, June 21, 2013

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