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Third Marijuana Plea After Long Investigation

October 9th, 2013 - By Charles Choate

Monday’s federal plea of guilty, in connection with a large marijuana growing operation in Obion County, ends an enourmous trail of finding those responsible.

52 year old Ignacio Lazcano Acosta made the plea in a case that began in October of 2011, with the discovery of a very massive, and elaborate marijuana growing operation by Obion County Sheriff’s officials.

Acosta became the latest to accept responsibility for the operation at Putnam Hill Road, which included living quarters, tunnels and a watering system deep in the steep hills of the county.

Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder told KYTN that two others associated with the operation are already serving prison time.

35 year old Victor Pascual and 29 year old Saul Olguin were arrested locally, with both pleading guilty in the case.

Vastbinder acknowledged that Acosta, who was arrested by federal authorities in San Diego, California, after returning from Mexico, was the leader of operation.

He now faces up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing in January, and remains incarcerated at the Obion County Jail.