Illegal Marijuana Growing Operations in Wisconsin National Forest Raising Concern

 by lucy

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National forest in Wisconsin is a peaceful place for outdoor enthusiasts to spend their time, and the number of visitors increases with the summer season.  Typically hikers would have to be concerned about encountering dangerous wildlife like bears or wolves, but over the past few years another potentially dangerous predator has been added to that list– illegal marijuana growers, who are armed to the hilt and unafraid to open fire.

Hunters have stumbled upon these growing sites in the past, and they’ve avoided an altercation by slowly and quietly backing away from the situation, not confronting the growers directly.

12 men were arrested in 2010 for cutting down sections of forest in the park to grow over 10,000 marijuana plants.  They were found to have a nearby makeshift residence stocked with weapons, including assault rifles.  Many of the men who were arrested in that case were illegal immigrants from Mexico.  The men received prison sentences ranging from just shy of 2 years all the way up to 11 years.

A similar, slightly smaller, growing operation was discovered in the same national park in August of 2011.  These individuals also had built temporary residences that were protected by armed guards.

The state forest is a popular place during the summer for trout fishermen, as well as hikers and hunters.  This is also the time when marijuana growers will begin working on their summer crop.  Park officials are warning people who take advantage of the northern forests in Wisconsin to be on the lookout for marijuana growing operations, and to exercise caution in the area.

Public affairs officer for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Service Suzanne Flory explained, “We don’t want to scare people into thinking it’s not safe to come to the national forest, but at the same time, this is something relatively new for Wisconsin, so we want people to be more situationally aware.”

 

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    RobMarley said on Apr 28, 2012

    Wisco!

  2. 2

    Elvers said on Apr 28, 2012

    I love these federal officers who take on the pot smokers but won't take on the illegal grower's in there state!!! Chicken shit's

  3. 1

    Dubin_420 said on Apr 28, 2012

    Funny of this didnt even make the news in wisconsin. i live here and didnt hear nothin on it.

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    DaNK42012_ said on Apr 28, 2012

    Wow..bears, wolves, armed growers..I love our national parks :)

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    dieselhaze said on Apr 28, 2012

    Woah, they're cuttin down lotsa trees just to grow out their pot patch?!? MAN!!! the shit these people go throgh!

  6. 1

    ganjaherbtoker said on Apr 30, 2012

    I don't have any respect for assholes like these.

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    Mama said on May 11, 2012

    The Chequmegon-Nicolet is a NATIONAL Forest under the US Forest Service, Federal not State. And if you google this story you will see it has gotten a ton of coverage in WI and other places the past 2 years. Story will be on Fox News Milw May 17 too.

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