Bakersfield warehouse marijuana grow results in prison sentences for two

Officers seized 1,161 marijuana plants

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

A Bakersfield warehouse marijuana grow results in prison sentences for two suspects, according to United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner.

Joseph Taylor, 53, of Thousand Oaks, and Dustin York, 35, of Newbury, were sentenced to prison today for their involvement in a conspiracy to cultivate marijuana in a warehouse on South Union Avenue in Bakersfield.

Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced Taylor to three years and one month in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release that registration as drug offender and 20 hours of community service per week until employed.

Judge Ishii sentenced York to one year and 10 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release that includes registration as a drug offender. In sentencing the defendants, Judge Ishii rejected Taylor’s request for leniency based on his ignorance of federal law. Judge Ishii also ordered the forfeiture of thousands of dollars of marijuana cultivation equipment.

According to court documents and proceedings, Taylor, York and their co-defendants Jeremy Dunn, 21, of Thousand Oaks, and Mark McGrath, 57, of Bakersfield, were found by law enforcement officers during the execution of a search warrant in a warehouse in southeast Bakersfield that housed an indoor marijuana cultivation operation.

Officers seized 1,161 marijuana plants.

This investigation led to six additional search warrants being executed in of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties where a fifth defendant, Joseph Nolan, 58, a Malibu business man, was arrested and charged with the drug conspiracy.

McGrath has pleaded guilty and is currently awaiting sentencing. Nolan and Dunn have entered not guilty pleas and are scheduled for a status conference on March 11, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe in Fresno.

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