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Large-scale marijuana operation busted in Winnebago County

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Authorities say it was a confidential informant that helped deputies make a large-scale marijuana bust in Winnebago County.

Sheriff's officials seized nearly 500 plants and more than 40 pounds of marijuana worth as much as $1.5 million this week from a house in the Town of Vinland. The 64-year-old homeowner with no prior criminal record has been charged with distributing marijuana.

Sheriff's Capt. Dave Mack says he's never seen a seizure of this size in his 20 years in law enforcement. Mack says the investigation started when the North Central Drug Enforcement Group in Oneida County received a tip. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1Gh6Ea1 ) reports the tipster told authorities he or she had purchased marijuana at the man's home.

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