Plea in Hogback marijuana grow case

FOREST MARIJUANA CULTIVATION SUPPLIER PLEADS GUILTY  (press release Department of Justice) 

hogbackgrowFRESNO, Calif. — Javier Rios Morales, 25, of Jalisco, Mexico, pleaded guilty today to

conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 3,405 marijuana

plants and 350 pounds of processed marijuana seized from a grow site in Inyo National

Forest, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

According to court documents, U.S. Forest Service agents found a marijuana

cultivation operation in the Hogback Creek area of the Inyo National Forest. They set up

trail cameras and photographed Rios making supply drops at a drop point to the site. Rios

also picked up processed marijuana from the site. One of the load vehicles was tracked to

several stash houses in Riverside County. Ultimately, agents executed four search warrants

at the grow site and three residences in Riverside County.

Agents seized 3,405 marijuana plants, 350 pounds of processed marijuana, digital

scales, highly toxic and illegal rodenticides, and 2,200 pounds of trash from the Hogback

Creek grow site. In pleading guilty, Rios agreed to pay $6,572.14 to the U.S. Forest Service

for removal and dumping fees associated with eradication of the site. Agents in Riverside

County seized two pounds of methamphetamine, a methamphetamine laboratory, five

firearms, $10,000 in cash, and two pounds of marijuana from a residence in Moreno Valley.

Agents seized another 450 marijuana plants and marijuana cultivation at a stash house in

Homeland. At another stash house in Romoland, they seized a firearm, marijuana shake and

residue, and shipping labels consistent with the shipment of marijuana to Chicago.

Rios is scheduled for sentencing on April 14, 2014, by United States District Judge

Lawrence J. O’Neill. He faces a sentence of five years to 40 years in prison and a $5 million

fine. He is also subject to deportation to Mexico, upon completion of any prison term. The

actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after

consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines,

which take into account a number of variables.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S.

Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, and Riverside County

Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Karen A. Escob

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Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

..I took a special trip to the vet today….not with a sick pet,but to ask questions concerning this topic of giving a dog or cat marijuana to cure his ailments…..and ya know what the vet said…..and I quote….”In NO WAY should you EVER give a dog or cat marijuana in… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Nice spin there,Pedro….In the same AVMA story your refering to,Dr. Boothe says “I’m never going to say there’s enough benifit that marijuana should be given to pets…just justification that we need to study it”…and also mentioned in the same article that researchers reported two dogs DIED after eating baked goods… Read more »

Lisa L
Lisa L
8 years ago

In dogs, clinical signs develop within 30-90 minutes after ingestion and even faster with smoke. The effects of the THC may last up to 72 hours. The most common clinical signs of toxicosis in the dog include depression, ataxia, bradycardia (slow heart rate), hypothermia (low body temperatures), vocalization, mydriasis (dilated… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Lisa L

….Thank You,Lisa…..I’ts obvious you know what your talking about…..and if it keeps one person from feeding his pet marijuana thinking it would help with it’s arthritis…or a room full of idiots doing it to get a giggle and a laugh out of the dog’s suffering,your post is well worth it…..

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, that is a description of poisoning from overdose. An overdose of alcohol, aspirin or even water can kill you. Should we outlaw those? Chocolate in those weed brownies can kill a dog. Should we outlaw chocolate?

https://www.avma.org/news/javmanews/pages/130615a.aspx

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Pedro….So what your trying to say is it would be O.K. to feed the dog marijuana as long as it’s not too much marijuana…Lisa L. is the expert on this sort of thing….and she says NOTHING about those symptoms she described as being from an “overdose”……and going to some marijuana… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, the American Veterinary Medical Association is “some marijuana web-site pushing for sales and legalization…” ? I’ll let you get back to watching “Reefer Madness”.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
8 years ago
Reply to  Lisa L

Why would anyone want to get high with their kid or their dog? Treating your best friend for arthritis needs a Vet to diagnose the ailment and then apply the prescriptive remedy . Thank you Lisa for your information. It’s been almost 30 years since I woke up one morning… Read more »

frog
frog
8 years ago

OMG Wayne and Desertortie… “tha sky is Falling…tha sky is Falling tha sky is Falling” The Lowest Scum is the Fear Mongering, War Mongering Haters 🙂

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

frog….maybe funny for a group of “guy-guy” pot-heads,sitting around,giggling, watching a dog and how it reacts to some idiot feeding him pot-laced treats, watching him stagger around,vomit,drool for a day or two,and laugh about it,but not too funny for the dog,the vet having to treat him,or an animal-control officer if… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Pot users, and drug users in general are the lowest of the low. Nothing is beneath them to get their next high, and once high, nothing is off limits. Horrible people.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

Do you drink alcohol?

frog
frog
8 years ago

No mariuana shakes, just green marijuana popcorn balls, chewing gun, candies, pizza, beer, tinctures, cookies, infussed cooking oils, doggie treats for pets with arthritis, the list goes on, and on 🙂

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

Wayne, you implying cops will use a substance before coming to work because it’s legal? Drinking may explain some of local LEO behavior come to think of it. Wild uturns, tailgating, spotlighting naked bathers…

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Pedro…I’m not implying LE will come on shift high on pot…What I’m saying is some will sign up to try to be a Sheriff or Policeman,and if not accepted or flunking a drug test,they’ll try to sue the County or State….saying it was because of the failed test…and hoping for… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Don’t see it, Wayne. You test dirty for alcohol now on pre–employment and you have no case. Until better cannabis tests are developed to tell if you are actually under influence at time you can expect laws to be too extreme the other way, as they are in Colorado where… Read more »

I Love To Fish
I Love To Fish
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

States that are opening up to new medical marijuana laws are, Tennessee, A bill introduced Jan. 14 by state Rep. Sherry Jones, The Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act would legalize marijuana for a wide range of medical conditions and would prohibit schools, employers and landlords from discriminating against medical cannabis users.… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Michael….FYI,I’ve got three part-time jobs….and a fourth come March 30……and I’m betting more hours and harder work than you do… and judging from your statement of despising those (most Americans)that ,God forbid,”have” to hold a 9 to 5 job,I’m guessing your one of those,that we all see and know of,that… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Dear all, enough with the disparaging remarks.
BK

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

I’ve been in the working world for 25 years now…I’ve never seen a 9 – 5 job. Office jobs have started at 8:00 or earlier and typically go to five the whole time I’ve been in the workforce. Not sure where this 9-5 stuff comes from, but not the working… Read more »

Michael D.
Michael D.
8 years ago

“grow it and sell it,making $$$$ without having to work a 9 to 5 job”

God forbid someone make money without a 9-5 job. Based on the frequency of your posts, wayne, I’m guessing you simply don’t have a job.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

A marijuana shake ??? Yuck!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

sugar magnolia….If anything,when marijuana is legalized,these types of incidents will increase….not decrease or end.Just like in Colorado,if you can buy an eighth of good weed for $ 40.00 off the street your a fool to pay $ 80.00 for the same ammount all taxed-up in one of the stores that… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

If marijuana were not considered a Class 1 drug, actual research could be done and a better understanding of potential medicinal value known as well as
impacts on humans. BK

TBone
TBone
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, once again you launch into a long-winded diatribe against one of the least harmful drugs on the planet, short on facts, heavy on your emotional baggage regarding the substance. Legalizing marijuana does NOT entitle anyone to a job, or the right to drive while intoxicated. The laws place limits… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  TBone

TBone……I agree with you….legal weed won’t force employers to hire pot-heads…..or give anyone the right to drive while stoned…but that won’t mean some won’t do it….or try to get away with doing it…just like now already…..where it is still illegal to sell and transport…and for the few that DON’T have… Read more »

Green Mammoth
Green Mammoth
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

“grow it and sell it,making $$$$ without having to work a 9 to 5 job…” Wayne, I’m working 9-7, 10 hours a day, 5 days a week.. I got approved by the PD, got the permits form the town, and I created JOBS. and from Feb 13/2013 – TO DATE… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Green Mammoth

….and when it becomes legal,probably next year,we’ll see how your profits are gonna do when the “streets” beat your prices by close to 40 %…..the streets will be “tooken” it back !!….the “streets” say $40.00 an eighth…..what say you ?

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Or we could be smart like Uruguay and set a price less than street prices to undercut black market, and not let the government use drug taxes as another Ponzi scheme to fund their mismanagement. Create a market price low enough and individuals might grow for personal use, but not… Read more »

Green Mammoth
Green Mammoth
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

We’re a Nonprofit so I’m not worried about what our “profits are gonna do”.

we have lower prices then the “Streets” now, and we will continue to when the “walls come crashing down.”

Thanks for the support.

I Love To Fish
I Love To Fish
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

40 %…..the streets will be “tooken” it back !!….the “streets” say $40.00 an eighth

Your not a big math guy are you? I’m guessing your not big on facts neither…

FACT: Colorado’s Adult MMJ tax is 25%

$40.00 eight + tax is only $50.00 MATH doesn’t lie… FACT.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  I Love To Fish

I love to fish(I love to fish too)….I’m not a big math guy…and I’m not one to be hanging around in front of one of those med-pot shops making deals with the “patients” going into the store,what I was saying was $ 40.00/eighth ON THE STREETS…..and from what I’ve heard,MUCH… Read more »

I Love To Fish
I Love To Fish
8 years ago
Reply to  I Love To Fish

So what about your “$40.00 eight ON THE STREETS,” THAT’S A BLACK MARKET PRICE, AN ILLEGAL MARKET PRICE. 16 Oz in a lb. 8, Eight in a Oz, 8 eights x $30.00 = 240 Oz x 16 = 3200 a Lb. Farmers haven’t got 3200 for a lb in 15… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

A strong message should be sent to all backpackers, bring your own.

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago

hopefully, legal medical marijuana and legal marijuana in a few states will erode the demand for this type of operation that benefits no-one. I’m sure this guy is taking the fall for the big guys but you gotta do what you gotta do. Lock em up.

Rick OBrien
Rick OBrien
8 years ago

Trail cam’s to catch dopers…what an awesome idea, since the good guys can’t be everywhere at once. Sounds like pretty good police work.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Rick OBrien

Photographing the wild life. Thumbs up.