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A man found guilty of manufacturing marijuana last month will be deported.

Mario Cuevas-Alvarez, 31, was convicted of the Class E felony by a jury in Pierce County Circuit Court. Wednesday, he learned his fate.

Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle announced during the sentencing hearing that the Department of Homeland Security has a detainer for him and would like to pick him up in about 30-60 days. Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing granted the request and remanded Alvarez to the Sheriff's Department until the occurrence happens.

Alvarez was found guilty 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.

"It's believed he was a part of the operation, but not a mastermind," O'Boyle said during the sentencing hearing. "He was hired to strip buds and got caught."

For more please read the July 8 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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