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Major Drug Bust in Northeastern WisconsinSubmitted: 08/11/2010
Story By Alex Ronallo

MOUNTAIN - Investigators arrest several people involved in marijuana growing operations in Northern Wisconsin.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the arrests were made
early this morning in the Town of Mountain. That's in Oconto County.

Van Hollen's office is withholding many of the details, including how many people investigators arrested and what the tentative charges are.

Van Hollen does say more than 200 federal, state and local authorities were involved in the bust...including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and agents from 13 counties.

Newswatch 12 spoke with Jody Lenzner on the phone Wednesday.

She lives on Highway 47 just outside of Antigo near the Menominee Reservation.

Lenzner describes the scene Wednesday morning, "There were police officers at the end of the driveway with AK-15 assault rifles. The highway was blocked off and they were stopping traffic. No one was allowed to come in or out of the reservation. We didn't know if they were looking for a mass-murderer, a felon, was it a drug deal? We just had no idea what was going on and nobody would tell us anything."

Lenzner says the Langlade County Sheriff's Department did call her last night to say they'd be landing a helicopter on her family's property Wednesday.

She says they refused to give her any futher information at that time.

Lenzner says the helicopter did land twice and there was a plane circling the area for hours.

She says she feels safer hearing it was for a marijuana bust.

The attorney general's office says the alleged operations were in Oconto and Menominee Counties, but Lenzner lives in Langlade County.

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