Tulare County man sentenced to 3 years in prison for marijuana grow in Kern County

Area had about 2,400 plants

FRESNO, Calif. -  

United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced Bernardino Garcia, 47, of Farmersville, today to three years in prison, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Garcia and his wife Martha Maria Lopez, 45, along with six other individuals were arrested on June 15, 2011, on agricultural land in the McFarland area where approximately 2,400 marijuana plants were being grown. Lopez is scheduled to be sentenced on March 11, 2013. She will be the last defendant sentenced in this case.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Rooney is prosecuting the case.

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