Fresnan gets prison for Newman pot grow

April 28, 2014 

Sengphachanh Boungnavong, 34, of Fresno was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for conspiring to cultivate, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 907 marijuana plants grown in Newman beside the San Joaquin River, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. Water was diverted from the San Joaquin River to irrigate the illegal cultivation operation. During the execution of a search warrant there, drug agents found Boungnavong at the cultivation site, along with four other men who have entered guilty pleas in this case. The agents seized the 907 marijuana plants, a handgun, respirators, motion detectors, chemicals, fertilizers and medical marijuana recommendations from a doctor who has been charged in another federal case with the unlawful distribution of other controlled substances. Marijuana is a prohibited Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. This case was investigated by the DEA and Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency, a multi-agency drug task force in Modesto.

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