Last man sentenced for concealing large-scale marijuana operation
... According to court documents, Ochoa-Espindola was the leader of one of the largest marijuana trafficking operations in Northern California.
Based in the Merced County town of Delhi, Ochoa-Espindola and his partners grew tens of thousands of marijuana plants in El Dorado, Tehama, and Placer Counties and shipped it by truck to South Dakota, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, North Carolina, and elsewhere.
The cash was being shipped from North Carolina to California for Ochoa-Espindola. Investigators seized an additional $315,000 in cash at the time of Ochoa-Espindola’s arrest. Investigators seized three handguns and nearly 11,000 marijuana plants at the El Dorado County site, nearly 17,500 marijuana plants at the Placer County site, and nearly 2,000 marijuana plants at a grow site in Tehama County.
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