2 Mexican nationals admit Missouri refuge pot-growing plot

2 years 6 months 4 days ago Tuesday, March 14 2017 Mar 14, 2017 Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:18:00 PM CDT March 14, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Two Mexican nationals have admitted in federal court their role in a large marijuana-growing operation at a central Missouri federal wildlife refuge.

27-year-old Carlos Horacio Vasquez-Duarte and 24-year-old Rigaberto Camacho Reyes pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jefferson City.

Federal prosecutors said law enforcement officers discovered the marijuana-growing operation last October on five acres of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Howard County. That's where Vasquez-Duarte and Reyes were arrested.

Prosecutors said a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service agent calculated that there were 881 plants in the ground and 1,103 plants that had been cut and were drying at the site.

Sentencing dates for Vasquez-Duarte and Reyes were not immediately set.

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