NEW: Jury Convicts Pair In Pot Farm Operation

Posted: December 4, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A federal jury today convicted two men accused of growing thousands of marijuana plants in George Washington National Forest.

During closing arguments in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg, prosecutors told the jurors that it was a pretty basic case. The prosecution said federal agents found the two men in a tent in the woods about 40 feet away from a large marijuana growing operation.

“It doesn’t get any simpler than this …  a case where the defendants are caught red-handed,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeb Terrien, who prosecuted the case with Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Wright. “They are surrounded by multiple plots with thousands of plants.”

It took jurors less than two hours to find Joaquin Berumen-Cortes, 24, and Joaquin Gonzalez-Vicencio, who also uses the last name Gonzalez-Chairez, 29, guilty of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and two counts of distribution of marijuana.

The Daily News-Record will have more on this story in Thursday's print and web editions.


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