MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say three Mexican nationals have pleaded guilty to conspiring to grow marijuana in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil says 24-year-old Jorge Lopez-Ontiveros and 29-year-old Abraham Ramirez entered guilty pleas on Monday. Twenty-one-year-old Cesar Tinoco pleaded guilty last week.

They each face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison when they’re sentenced early next year.

The men were captured in August after police raided a massive marijuana farm in the forest just south of Clam Lake. Authorities say they found nearly 10,000 marijuana plants worth about $1 million.

Three other men also face federal charges in connection with the farm. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb has set plea hearings for each of them for later this week.

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Comments (7)
  1. DIESEL says:

    Pot shouldn’t be illegal. Lets start telling the truth about pot. Lets start teaching the benefits of this completely harmless plant.

  2. KM says:

    Oh Yeah it’s harmless when some stoner runs a red light because he so high he spaces it out and kills your mom. or someone else you care about.

    1. DIESEL says:

      Pot doesn’t kill people. IDIOTS on pot kill people.

  3. Pure talent! says:

    Prison!?!? Are they nuts? This guy needs to be appointed Director of Agriculture! What they accomplished in the middle of a forest is purely amazing. We need more people like this to get this economy moving again. Brave guys!

    1. omar says:

      i agree with you the economy needs to go up! this people are awesome!

  4. BC Bud says:

    “10,000 marijuana plants worth about $1 million.”

    Now that’s funny! $1 million bucks of ditch-weed? Hahahahahaha!

  5. Bill Clinton says:

    Bud-You apparently have no idea of the quality of pot that can be grown in the upper midwest, but i don’t inhale

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