Mexican National Gets 3 Years For Pot Operation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Mexican citizen is going to prison for tending a 6,000-plant marijuana field in east-central Kansas.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 42-year-old Marcelo Parra-Ocmo was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison based on a guilty plea.

Prosecutors said Parra-Ocmo was in the U.S. illegally when he was arrested June 16 at a marijuana field in Osage County. Also arrested in the raid were Ernesto Duenas-Aceon, who is set for sentencing in January, and Parra-Ocmo's minor son, a high school student.

Law enforcement first noticed the field in February after it had been abandoned for the winter. Agents flew over the site in May and saw that the cultivation had resumed.

Prosecutors say Parra-Ocmo was recruited in Mexico to run the marijuana operation.

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