Jury deliberating in marijuana operation trial

5:02 PM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A federal jury is deliberating in the trial of three men charged in connection with one of the biggest marijuana busts in Maine history.

Malcolm French, Kendall Chase and Rodney Russell are on trial in U.S. District Court in Bangor on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges. State police said a raid at their Washington County site in September 2009 yielded 3,000 plants worth an estimated $9 million - the second-largest pot bust in state history.

The trial began earlier this month, and jury deliberations began Thursday.

Prosecutors said all three men played key roles in the sophisticated outdoor operation in the woods of Township 37 in Washington County. Federal prosecutors said marijuana was grown and stored in a fenced compound with the help of migrant workers.

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