In exchange for his plea to counts of possession of marijuana for sale and being an ex-felon with a firearm, two other felony charges were dropped against John Curtis Moreaux, 39.
Moreaux had faced a maximum of four years and eight months in state prison, said Deputy District Attorney Terry White.
Moreaux was arrested during a raid on his home in which sheriff's deputies found what they called a state-of-the-art growing operation in bunkers the defendant apparently excavated himself under his modest one-story home.
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Barbara Eppis, general partner of Cypress Sands, owner of the 84-unit apartment complex in Marina, near Monterey, is a friend of the accused, John Curtis Moreaux, said his attorney, Eric Shevin of West Hollywood.
Authorities believe Moreaux is a flight risk because investigators found passports from Canada and Belize, which does not have an extradition agreement with the United States.
John Curtis Moreaux, 39, pleaded not guilty Monday to four felonies - possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and of an assault pistol, deputies said.
Moreaux was jailed in Los Angeles where medical help is available should he suffer epileptic seizures, sheriff's officials said.
John Curtis Moreaux took elaborate steps to cultivate the high-grade marijuana being grown in a state-of-the-art bunker under his modest one-story house in Mint Canyon, authorities say.
Moreaux, 39, was held in lieu of $250,000 bail Friday at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, awaiting arraignment Monday on assorted drug charges.
Moreaux was convicted 10 years ago of selling cocaine, Nordskog said.
Moreaux, whose 13-year-old daughter was home during the raid, was arrested on suspicion of four felonies - being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault pistol, possession of marijuana for sale and cultivation of marijuana.