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Man Pleads Guilty in Maine Pot-Growing Operation
07/30/2013 03:52 PM ET  

Moises Soto was one of five Maine men and a timber company indicted in September on charges stemming from a 2009 raid in which drug agents uprooted nearly 3,000 marijuana plants.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ A native of Mexico accused of overseeing a large marijuana-growing operation in Maine's Washington County has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and harboring illegal aliens.

Moises Soto, who entered the pleas Tuesday in federal court, was one of five Maine men and a timber company indicted in September on charges stemming from a 2009 raid in which drug agents uprooted nearly 3,000 marijuana plants.

The others have denied the charges.

Soto, from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, has been detained since his arrest at the Texas border in March. He retains his right to appeal his sentence if it exceeds four years in prison.

Defense lawyer Hunter Tzovarras said his client pleaded guilty to put the matter behind him. The other defendants are due to stand trial in January.


 

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