Two Men Plead Guilty to Federal Marijuana Charges

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – Two men charged with being a part of a large medical marijuana operation allegedly run by former Montana quarterback Jason Washington have pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.

Chris Cronshaw and Greg Zuckert each pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

Prosecutors say federal agents recovered 1,001 marijuana plants from a greenhouse on Highway 10 West in Missoula last year that they say could produce up to 30 pounds of marijuana per month. The raid was one of several at Montana medical marijuana operations.

Prosecutors say Cronshaw was the main grower at the greenhouse and that Zuckert, of Whitefish, was paid $3,000 a month to inspect the plants.

Washington has pleaded not guilty. His trial has been delayed until later this year.

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