A Mexican national who has been deported seven times was sentenced in federal court Thursday for his role in a Daviess County marijuana growing operation where officers seized nearly $10 million worth of plants.
Forty-seven year old Sergio Medina-Perez of El Monte, California was sentenced to six years in federal prison without parole. The sentence must be served consecutively to any sentence imposed as a result of his California probation violation.
The Court also ordered Medina-Perez to forfeit the Daviess County property to the government.
Medina-Perez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and possess marijuana plants with the intent to distribute after law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the property in August, 2018. The plants were in a clearing inside a large area of timber. Officers located approximately 2,464 cultivated marijuana plants with an approximate street value of $1,800 per pound for a total of just under $10 million dollars.
A co-defendant, Miguel Pulido-Maldonado ran into the woods to escape custody, but was arrested a few days later. He was sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in the drug trafficking conspiracy and to illegally reentering the United States.