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Wednesday, October 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Pot grower sentenced to 75 months

A Mexican national arrested a year ago when federal and state agents shut down a large marijuana growing operation in the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests was sentenced to 75 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $7,300 for environmental damage the operation caused. Moyses Mesa-Barajas, 43, was arrested when a combined drug enforcement operation raided camps in the forests; 10,231 marijuana plants were seized. The camp sites were connected with a network of trains, and the pot gardens were tended by people in camouflage clothing.