A Perris man has been sentenced to prison for conspiring to manufacture and distribute marijuana in connection with two large-scale grow sites in Kern County.

Sair Maldonado-Soto, 22, was sentenced to three years and four months in prison and ordered to pay $10,756.02 to the U.S. Forest Service for damage to public land and natural resources in the Sequoia National Forest as a result of his activities, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California. 

In September, Maldonado pleaded guilty to the conspiracy after he and his girlfriend and co-defendant, Coral Herrera, 21, also of Perris, were linked to grow sites in the Lucas Creek drainage and an area known as the Box 6 site, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.

The investigation revealed the two were supplying material, equipment, and personnel to the two grow sites, which consisted of 10,396 marijuana plants. 

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