Feds charge 5 with growing pot in NE Wis. woods

Authorities say they found hundreds of marijuana plants

Federal prosecutors have charged five people with growing hundreds of marijuana plants in the northeastern Wisconsin woods.

Brian Magana, Javier Magana, Manuel Mendoza, Marco Magana and Maria Hilda Magana-Mendoza, all of Green Bay, could face up to life in prison and $10 million in fines if convicted.

According to court documents, the group grew marijuana on their two properties in the towns of Athelstane and Middle Inlet in central Marinette County. Police observed more than 1,000 plants at each location. Investigators identified the group by using property records and tracing vehicles seen coming and going from the growing sites. They were charged last week.

The attorney for Javier Magana declined comment. Attorneys for the rest of the group didn’t immediately respond to phone and email messages Monday.