Three face charges in huge pot bust

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 23, 2003

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) &045; A deer hunter kicked off a three-week stakeout that ended with a million-dollar pot, literally, in Blue Earth County.

The Blue Earth Country Sheriff’s Office said a bow hunter called police after stumbling upon more than 200 marijuana plants hidden in cornfields.

Authorities staked out the location, watched who came and went and arrested three men. It took a county dump truck to haul away the plants.

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Charged on Monday in Blue Earth County Court were: Paul Larson, 39, from Freeborn County, and his brothers, 42-year-old Joseph Larson and 32-year-old Daniel Larson, both of Bricelyn.

Each was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime. Both of those are felonies. They face up to 20 years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine.