Marijuana crop guard found guilty of possession, sale charges | Crime
WOODLAND, CA - A man who prosecutors said told drug agents he was hired by Richmond drug dealers to guard a marijuana crop being grown on public land in the county was convicted marijuana cultivation and possession for sale charges.
Fidel Alvarez, 47, was also found guilty of being armed with a firearm in connection with the crimes, the Yolo County District Attorney's Office reports.
Alvarez was arrested walking through the nearly mature marijuana crop found just off Highway 16 on Sept. 6, 2012. He was dress in camouflage and armed with a .22 calibre rifle with a flash suppressor, according to court documents.
There were 500 pot plants in the field, county narcotics enforcement agents said.
During Alvarez's trial, experts valued the marijuana at $250,000 to $500,00 on the street.
Drug agents testified that Alvarez told them that in return for his services, the drug dealers promised him a percentage from the street sales of the pot.
Alvarez faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 25.
The D.A.'s office did not indicate if it would be prosecuting the drug dealers who hired Alvarez.