A Eureka resident and a Nevada City man have been sentenced in federal court in San Francisco to six and one-half years in prison for growing more than 1,000 marijuana plants in Humboldt County in 1998.
Roy Mercer, 40, of Eureka, and Franklin Hunter, 32, of Nevada City, were sentenced on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Fern Smith.
Mercer and Hunter both pleaded guilty in July 2003 to one count of conspiring to manufacture more than 1,000 marijuana plants and one count of conspiring to conduct illegal financial transactions involving the sale of marijuana.
Six and 1/2 years for 1000 plants? 6 1/2 years is the average sentence for felony marijuana possession in Alabama. Felony possession means being caught twice with any amount of marijuana. A roach in your ashtray 20 years ago and a seed or stem in your carpet today equals 6 1/2 years.