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Turlock man prison bound for drug charges

POSTED July 3, 2014 10:59 p.m.

A federal judge sentenced Elias Alvarez-Ramirez, 53, of Turlock to 19 years and seven months in prison for conspiracy to grow marijuana and distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to court records Alvarez-Ramirez was instrumental in growing more than 15,000 marijuana plants in Shasta County by buying equipment for the growers in 2009.

In that same year Alvarez-Ramirez brought a quarter pound of 100 percent methamphetamine and 3.5 pounds of 97.1 percent pure methamphetamine to an undercover agent. 

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