3 sentenced in pair of Bakersfield pot conspiracies

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The United States Department of Justice sentenced three Bakersfield residents on Monday for two different marijuana conspiracies.

Alejandro Uriostegui Rodriguez, also known as Alejandro Basave Uriostegui, an undocumented alien from Guerrero, Mexico, pleaded late last December to growing marijuana in the Lompoc area for distribution from his residence in Bakersfield.

Uriostegui admitted to possession of more than 650 pounds of marijuana seized by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives.

He was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison.

In a separate case, Joseph Taylor, of Thousand Oaks, and Dustin York, of Newbury, were sentenced to prison Monday for conspiracy to cultivate marijuana in a warehouse on South Union Avenue in southeast Bakersfield.

The warehouse contained a sophisticated indoor marijuana cultivation operation. During the search, officers seized 1,161 marijuana plants and arrested Taylor and York.

Taylor was sentenced to three years and one month in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and community service. York was sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Three co-defendants, who were arrested for the conspiracy, are awaiting sentencing.