Tam Ba Tran, 48, will not be eligible for parole for the duration of his five-year prison term. He also must pay $7,227 in restitution for stolen electricity.

A federal judge Wednesday sentenced an Independence man to five years in prison for growing hundreds of marijuana plants in two homes in Independence and Blue Springs.

Tam Ba Tran, 48, will not be eligible for parole for the duration of his prison term. He also must pay $7,227 in restitution for stolen electricity.

A federal jury in October found Tran guilty of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and two counts of manufacturing marijuana.

Officers found 421 marijuana plants growing in the basement of the Blue Springs home and 136 plants cultivated in the basement of an Independence residence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

he homes were leased by Tran.

Officers watched Tran at businesses on Oct. 16, 2007, as he bought large quantities of items that could be used to grow the plants indoors.

Authorities confronted Tran at his Independence home. Tran gave them permission to enter the home.

“The entire basement of the residence contained a large indoor marijuana grow operation,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The basement was divided into three rooms. Each room contained numerous large sodium pressure lights. One room contained plants along with grow lamps, large amounts of liquid fertilizer, transformers, vent fans, soil and a water source.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the Blue Springs residence. They found a similar operation.

In addition to the plants, they found a black trash bag. Inside, there was approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana and two packages of marijuana in the crisper box of the refrigerator. One package weighed approximately one-half pound and the other weighed 1 1/2 pounds.

The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Independence Police Department.