Man found guilty of manufacturing marijuanaMario Cuevas-Alvarez called it a dumb act. A jury panel of nine women and three men Friday called it another thing–a Class E felony.
By: Jason Schulte, Pierce County Herald
Mario Cuevas-Alvarez called it a dumb act. A jury panel of nine women and three men Friday called it another thing–a Class E felony.
That panel took about an hour in Pierce County Circuit Court to find Cuevas-Alvarez, 31, guilty of manufacturing/delivering marijuana.
Alvarez was charged relating to an incident last November, when Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Investigators found him in a wooded area in the Town of Salem surrounded by a large amount of marijuana plants in various stages of being processed.
“He didn’t have to go there,” said Pierce County District Attorney John O’Boyle. “If he was so concerned about his children, why did he go there?”
Alvarez will be sentenced at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, for the crime.
This incident started on Nov. 15, when Investigator Mike Waltz was notified of a marijuana operation in the Town of Salem, about eight miles northwest of the Village of Plum City. Waltz testified in court there was no direct road to the site, as he had to walk about a half-mile to it. Upon arrival, it was apparent to him this was a rather large operation as, besides the amount of plants, there were tarps on the ground, along with several supplies, such as sleeping bags and canned goods.
For more please read the June 10 print version of the Herald.