15,000 Marijuana Plants Seized in Oconto County
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15,000 Marijuana Plants Seized in Oconto County

August 29, 2012
Clockwise from upper left: Maria Blanca Garcia, Juan Carlos Cervantes Contreras, Guillermo Chavez-Carrion, Pedro Enfante-Ramirez, Miguel Sanchez-Garcia, Jose Alfredo Sierra-Aguilar.
Clockwise from upper left: Maria Blanca Garcia, Juan Carlos Cervantes Contreras, Guillermo Chavez-Carrion, Pedro Enfante-Ramirez, Miguel Sanchez-Garcia, Jose Alfredo Sierra-Aguilar.
Here is a late-breaking news story from Fox 11 in Green Bay.

OCONTO - Seven people were arrested and about $15 million worth of marijuana was taken from an area of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Oconto County, officials said Wednesday.

Officers estimated they took about 15,000 plants from dozens of sites near the south branch of the Oconto River. The area where the grows were found is near the intersection of Highways 64 and T in the towns of Doty and Mountain.

The investigation began in June after a tip from a fisherman, Ed Wall of the state Division of Criminal Investigation said. About 200 federal, state, tribal and local officers have been involved. Investigators are still trying to find out how long marijuana was being grown in the area.

Wall said the plants were in good condition and some had already been harvested.

According to a criminal complaint, Maria Blanca Garcia, Miguel Sanchez-Garcia, Pedro Enfante-Ramirez, Guillermo Chavez-Carrion, Jose Alfredo Sierra-Aguilar and Juan Carlos Cervantes Contreras were arrested and charged. Officials redacted a seventh person's name in the copy of the complaint provided to reporters.

Click here to read the full criminal complaint

FOX 11’s Laura Smith was at this afternoon’s news conference and will have a full report tonight on FOX 11 News at Five and Nine.
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