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Velez Sentenced for Manufacturing Marijuana

Senior District Court Judge Raymond Finch on Thursday sentenced Michael Velez, 36, to three years of probation, six months of electronic monitoring and a $500 fine on a conviction of one count of manufacture of marijuana, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Velez admitted that on Jan. 29, 2015, he was the sole resident of a property where U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and V.I. Police Department officers found 204 marijuana plants while executing a search warrant for the premises.

According to court records, they also discovered cultivation equipment, including lights, watering mechanisms and cloning solution.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the VIPD and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Stringer.

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