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Marijuana Grower Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

BOISE, Idaho - A Mexican man convicted for growing thousands of marijuana plants on public land in Idaho and Oregon will spend more than three years in federal prison. A federal judge in Boise sentenced 23-year-old Froylan Rubio-Gomez to 46 months in prison this week for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute the drug. He pleaded guilty in April and will be deported to Mexico upon his release.

Federal prosecutors say Rubio-Gomez and others were growing pot plants in Owyhee County in southwestern Idaho and Baker, Grant and Harney counties in Oregon. Detectives confiscated more than 33,000 plants from grow operations located on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

Rubio-Gomez was arrested in an operation that led to the prosecutions of 15 others in state and federal courts.

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