New Details Released in Northeastern Wi. Drug Bust - Criminal Complaint Included

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Authorities say they discovered nearly 10,000 marijuana plants in Northeastern Wisconsin drug raids.

The state attorney general says the investigation into the busts in Oconto and Menominee Counties is far from over.

Authorities arrested eight people and they're now charged with intent to deliver and manufacturing marijuana.

In a press conference held in Oconto County, authorities said it all began in 2008, when a hunter found what he thought was a marijuana grow on some property he hunts on.

Since then, authorities have been investigating a number of marijuana growing sites.

About 8,000 plants were uncovered from the Navarino Wildlife Preserve in Shawano County in 2009.

Thousands of plants were found in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Oconto County in May of this year.

Then in late July and early August, more than 1,000 plants were discovered on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

As part of the investigation, authorities have been watching a group of individuals who they say were seen coming in and out of the areas.

Tuesday, Department of Justice investigators searched a home in Outagamie County where they found a fully operational marijuana processing center, marijuana, an AK-47, and other rifles.

That's where authorities took the eight individuals into custody, and what led to the raids on Wednesday.

The attorney general says more charges could be filed as the investigation continues.


People in Northeastern Wisconsin are shaken after members of the United States Border Patrol and Coast Guard raided several areas.

Dozens of departments worked to bust marijuana growing operations in Oconto and Menominee Counties.

11 people were arrested and 8 appeared in Federal Court on Wednesday.

"My husband came and woke me up and said you got to come and see what's going on," says Jody Lenzner, who lives just miles from the scene in Menominee County.

That's when Jody Lenzner says she woke up to find officers, with assault rifles, standing at the end of her driveway.

She says, "We came outside and watched and I said to my husband are we in any danger? and he went and asked them, and they weren't at liberty to say basically that it's an ongoing investigation."

She lives just miles down to the road from where one raid was taking place at the Menominee Indian Reservation.

"Are we safe is the bottom line, are they, all kinds of things went through our mind is it a drug bust, is it the bonnie and clyde thing, are they looking for a murderer?" she says.

She says even though they aren't sure exactly what happened, she wishes authorities would have handled it differently.

"A phone call saying we're going to be conducting an investigation in your area ... you're okay, there's no murderer's on the loose, you're going to be fine," says Lenzner.

We attempted to talk with investigators on the scene of the raid, but they wouldn't provide any details on what was going on.

There's no word on how much marijuana was discovered. A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday in Oconto County.

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