NORTH FORK – Agents with the Madera County Narcotics Enforcement Team carried out their first marijuana eradication mission this season – arresting two Mexican nationals, and seizing close to five thousand plants.In custody are 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 on Thursday, May 16.
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 narcotic charges, were taken into custody without incident and booked into Madera County Department of Corrections.
Each is being held on an immigration hold.
MADNET (Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team) Agents, along with U.S. Forest Service Officers, and Madera Regional SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics Team) took part in the eradication mission.