Northern California

Man Pleads Guilty to Marijuana Grow in Forest

A Mexican man has pleaded guilty to growing thousands of marijuana plants on National Forest land in Northern California.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says Daniel Gomez-Gonzalez pleaded guilty Thursday to growing 5,287 marijuana plants in Lassen National Forest.

The office says Gomez-Gonzalez was arrested on July 11, 2014 on a forest trail near the marijuana field.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old man told law enforcement he was responsible for spraying, watering, and fertilizing the marijuana plants.

Gomez-Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced in January. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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