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Northern California man indicted in interstate marijuana distribution conspiracy

SACRAMENTO,C alif. — A northern California man has been charged in a two-count federal indictment for his role in a large-scale interstate marijuana distribution scheme uncovered as part of a probe involving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and multiple local and state agencies.

Dylan Hudson, 26, of Placerville is named in an indictment handed down Thursday with conspiring to grow, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. If convicted, Hudson faces a statutory mandatory minimum prison term of five years and a maximum prison term of 40 years, and a $5 million fine.

According to court documents, Hudson allegedly oversaw an interstate marijuana-trafficking conspiracy. More than 1,100 pounds of processed marijuana, nearly $330,000 in cash, and eight firearms were seized during the course of the investigation.

"As this case makes clear, law enforcement agencies throughout this country are united in their resolve to protect our communities from the blight of large-scale narcotics trafficking," said Clark Settles, special agent in charge of HSI San Francisco. "We stand ready to use every tool and resource at our disposal to attack and dismantle these dangerous criminal organizations."

This case is the product of an investigation by HSI special agents in Sacramento, Chicago and Milwaukee; California Department of Justice; Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team; Chicago Police Department; El Dorado County Sheriff's Department; and Dane County (Wis.) Sheriff's Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Thomas and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin Lee, Alex Lozada and David Petersen are prosecuting the case.