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Man indicted for conspiring to plant marijuana in Sequoia National Monument

Posted at 4:28 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 19:28:05-04

A 43-year-old Mexican citizen residing in Delano was charged Thursday with conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute and manufacturing marijuana in the Giant Sequoia National Monument in Tulare County.

Rosario Beltran-Leal was found delivering 10,000 marijuana seeds at a drop point in a marijuana cultivation site in a remote area closed to the public in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, according to court documents.

He also had a large quantity of food and marijuana cultivation supplies. Beltran is scheduled for arraignment on the indictment on May 17, 2017, in federal court in Fresno.

If convicted, Beltran faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.