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Aug 12, 2010 8:19 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Mexican drug gangs using US forests

Federal prosecutors believe a single drug organization is behind several marijuana farms that were raided by authorities in a national forest in northeast Wisconsin.

Eight men were charged Wednesday after agents raided growing plots in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Investigators say they also found a house transformed into a marijuana processing plant with a cache of guns.

Court documents filed late Wednesday say one drug trafficking organization was overseeing marijuana grows and employing workers on multiple sites in the forest. The documents didn't name the group, but national forests have become prime targets of Mexican drug gangs in recent years.

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