Madera marijuana grower indicted

A federal grand jury returned a single count indictment today, charging Phouvanh Vongsenekeo, 25, of Phoenix, with manufacturing and possessing with the intent to distribute one hundred or more marijuana plants and one hundred or more kilograms of marijuana, between July 9, and August 9.

According to court documents, Vongsenekeo was arrested at a Madera county marijuana grow site where more than 17,000 marijuana plants were under cultivation. Vongsenekeo had two handguns in a car registered to him that was parked at that marijuana cultivation site.

If convicted, Vongsenekeo faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison. 

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