BOISE, Idaho (KLIX) A Mexican man living in Idaho illegally has been sentenced for growing marijuana on public land.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced that Rogelio Arevalo-Villasenor, 24, living in Parma, will spend a year and a half in prison for conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance with  intent to distribute it. Arevalo-Villasenor will likely be deported back to Mexico once he has served his prison sentence.

He pleaded guilty in July. Arevalo-Villasenor was arrested for growing nearly 7,000 marijuana plants  in a canyon near the North Fork of the Payette River, about 10 miles from Banks. Authorities say Arevalo-Villasenor supplied workers at the grow site with food on several occasions.