Prison time for a man who ran a drug cultivation operation in Sequoia

Date: August 3, 2015
Contact: Investigative Services Branch, (202) 379-4761

The illegal drug cultivation operation in Sequoia National Park caused great harm to an area known for its wildflower displays.
The illegal drug cultivation operation in Sequoia National Park caused great harm to an area known for its wildflower displays.

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Thanks to a solid investigation by an ISB Special Agent, a federal judge sentenced a man to two years in prison for cultivating marijuana within Sequoia National Park. The sentence was handed down in early August to Toribio Cruz-Galvan, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture and distribute marijuana, as well as possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Investigators linked Cruz-Galvan to the operation by fingerprint and other evidence found at the site, and they intercepted his supply vehicle shortly before finding the site. Cruz-Galvan, an undocumented Mexican national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in October of 2014.

Cruz-Galvan's illegal operation caused great harm to the national park as well as the wildlife and vegetation therein. He cultivated more than a thousand marijuana plants near Yucca Mountain, and in doing so brought in fertilizer, poison, fuel, and diverted more than a million gallons of water from a nearby spring. He also stocked firearms, ammunition, processed marijuana, and hundreds of pounds of trash at the grow site. If you see something suspicious in a National Park System site, stay safe and tell us about it by calling our toll-free Tip Line: 888-653-0009. You don't have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know.

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