A 22-year-old man that prosecutors say is in the country illegally faces four felony charges after a 1,650-plant marijuana grow operation was found on U.S. Forest Service land in Valley County.
The Idaho Statesman reports a federal grand jury in Boise indicted Leonardo Villasenor-Cesar of Mexico with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute more than 1,000 marijuana plants, manufacturing 1,000 or more marijuana plants, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.
Villasenor-Cesar was arrested on Aug. 31 at the grow site, which a bear hunter spotted in late May. Investigators say Villasenor-Cesar and another man made and concealed a camp site and built trails and clearings to allow more sunlight to reach the plants.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com