Turlock man sentenced in federal drug case

A 53-year-old Turlock man on Thursday was sentenced to 19 years and seven months in federal prison for conspiring to grow more than 15,000 marijuana plants and distribute methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento reported.

Federal prosecutors said defendant Elias Alvarez-Ramirez was responsible for purchasing equipment for workers to plant and tend the large marijuana garden in Shasta County in spring 2009.

On May 14, 2009, Alvarez-Ramirez delivered a quarter pound sample of 100 percent pure meth to an undercover agent and a confidential informant, according to the prosecutors.

The prosecutors also said that the defendant delivered about 3.5 pounds of 97.1 percent pure meth to an undercover agent on May 20, 2009.