MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged six men with working in a large-scale marijuana growing operation in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin.
U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said on Friday that five of the men are Mexican citizens and one of them, 40-year-old Norberto Burciago, is from St. Paul, Minn.
Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan said nearly 10,000 marijuana plants were destroyed in the bust and had an estimated street value of $1 million. About 175 law enforcement agents participated on Wednesday.
The pot farm was in a remote part of the 1.5-million-acre forest. Authorities began their investigation after a hunter’s tip in November.
The Mexican citizens charged are 19-year-old Jose Equeda-Garcia, 21-year-old Cesar Omar Tinoco, 29-year-old Abraham Ramirez and 21-year-old Moises Lopez-Ontiveros and his brother 24-year-old Jorge Lopez-Ontiveros.