Agents with the Madera County Narcotics Enforcement Team carried out their first marijuana eradication mission this season on Thursday, May 16. They seized close to 5,000 plants and arrested two Mexican nationals Mario Mosso, 25, of Acapulco, Mexico and Armando Lara, 30, of Michoacán, Mexico.
The pair was found tending to a garden located in the Indian Creek area of the Sierra National Forest in North Fork.
Lara was found to be in possession of more than three grams of Methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia. He was also wanted in Fresno County on one felony and two misdemeanor warrants.
Both men, now facing felony narcotics charges, were taken into custody without incident and booked into Madera County Department of Corrections.
Each is being held on an immigration hold.
Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) agents, United States Forest Service officers, and the Madera Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) took part in the eradication mission.