Marijuana by hydroponics results in prison sentences

Despite what may be seen as a liberal attitude toward marijuana, expats probably do not want to go into the farming business.

Two persons who did got sentences of eight and 12 years in prison, said the Poder Judicial.

The case was heard last week in the Tribunal de Juicio de Pérez Zeledón and involved a man with the last names of Villalobos Solís and a woman with the last names of Lee Mad. The woman received the lesser sentence. They lived in Barrio Pedregoso in San Isidro de El General where investigators found 1,500 marijuana plants in a search in 2011. They were using a hydroponic system.

At the time, agents said the operation was the biggest to date in the southern part of the country.

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