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Drug bust nets eight arrests, 300 pounds of pot from growing operation on public land

(OCONTO) Federal, state and local law enforcement officials say they've busted a marijuana growing operation in northeastern Wisconsin.

Speaking to reporters Thursday in Oconto, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the investigation is ongoing.

So far, eight people have made initial appearances in federal court. The alleged operations were found in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

All those arrested needed court-appointed interpreters. But Van Hollen says it is premature to speculate whether or not they have connections to Mexican drug cartels. He says the names released so far are Hispanic, but "where that connection goes, if anywhere, is yet to be determined."

On Wednesday, police raided a house near Seymour that authorities say was used as a marijuana processing center. Van Hollen says at least 300 pounds of pot were discovered there.

Guns were also in the house. Van Hollen says if they were used in connection with the alleged drug ring, those accused could face federal penalty enhancers.