10 indicted in $30M Ore. marijuana operation

EUGENE — Ten men from Washington state, California and Texas have been indicted on charges of running a $30 million marijuana operation on public lands in a remote area of Eastern Oregon.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon said the case involves the seizure of more than 30,000 marijuana plants on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in Malheur County.

The men listed in the federal grand jury indictment issued Tuesday were:
Agustin Mendoza-Mendoza, 26, Joel Birrueta-Contreras, 26, Jacobo Mendoza-Mendoza, 27, Jose Sanchez-Torres, 25, and Jose Palominos-Mendoza, 26, all of Pasco, Wash.; Guadalupe Garcia-Valencia, 30, of Yakima, Wash.; Oswaldo Rubio-Perez, 38 of Modesto, Calif.; Joel Castillo-Larios, 23, of Los Molinos, Calif.; and Gerardo Corona-Ochoa, 28, of San Angelo, Texas.

One of the men indicted, David Rivera-Corona, 39, of Benton County, Wash., was a fugitive.

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