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Man sentenced for pesticide use in growing pot

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A Mexican national has been sentenced to six years in prison for using illegal pesticides and rodenticides in connection with a marijuana growing operation in California's Sequoia National Forest.

The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1hafeLC ) 33-year-old Julio Cesar Villanueva Cornejo pleaded guilty in December to delivering chemicals and supplies to the cultivation site in Lilly Canyon.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner says oak trees and plants were killed and cut down so that nearly ten thousand marijuana plants could be planted after the ground was prepared with the illegal chemicals.

Guns, marijuana seeds and other things associated with pot cultivation were found on the site.

Cornejo was also ordered to pay more than four thousand dollars to the Forest Service for the environmental damage. He is subject to deportation after serving his sentence.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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