Washington man gets 8 years for growing pot in Boise County

Martin Diaz-Lara, 33, a Mexican national who lived in Walla Walla, Wash., was sentenced Wednesday for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, Idaho's U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

Diaz-Lara pleaded guilty in March to growing nearly 7,000 marijuana plants on state land in a canyon half a mile from the North Fork of Payette River and 10 miles north of Banks.

He will likely be deported to Mexico when he gets out of prison, Olson said.

According to court documents, Diaz-Lara was arrested last September along with co-conspirator Carlos Avalos-Cervantes, who was sentenced in April to 15 years in prison. Others also were involved, Olson said, and all are Mexican citizens who entered the United States illegally.