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Originally published Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

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Prison for 2 Mexican men tending illegal pot site

Two Mexican nationals have been sentenced to federal prison for tending a remote illegal marijuana growing site in the Snoqualmie National Forest.

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YAKIIMA, Wash. —

Two Mexican nationals have been sentenced to federal prison for tending a remote illegal marijuana growing site in the Snoqualmie National Forest.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/10w45Zl) that Fernando Chavez-Lopez was sentenced to five years and Socorro Trujillo-Silva to seven years by U.S. District Judge Lonny R. Suko.

Court records say that Chavez and Trujillo were caught July 19, 2011, tending a marijuana grow in excess of 5,000 plants near Rimrock Lake.

The pair were caught asleep at dawn by a reconnaissance team of local and federal agents. A loaded 9 mm pistol was found next to Trujillo's sleeping bag.

Trujillo said he was recruited in Yakima and promised a cut of the harvest profits.

Both men face deportation upon release.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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