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, $200,000 in cash and bank accounts 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. His 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 marijuana conspiracy.

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