Caldwell man sentenced in marijuana conspiracy

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A southwestern Idaho man has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to forfeit vehicles and $200,000 in cash for his role in a marijuana conspiracy involving grow operations on public lands in Oregon and California.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson of Idaho says 47-year-old Jose Cardona-Ramirez was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Boise. He faces a concurrent seven years for being a previously deported alien found in the United States. His prison sentence is to be followed by five years of supervised release.

The defendant's wife, 39-year-old Victoria Villa-Gonzalez, was sentenced on Jan. 5 to just over two years in prison for her role in the conspiracy.

Prosecutors allege the couple and two others were involved in marijuana grow sites that produced over 12,000 plants.