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Sentencing for Sparta man charged in major marijuana operation

La Crosse, Wis. - (WXOW) - A Sparta man facing up to 10 years in prison for running a large scale marijuana operation was sentenced to a year's probation.

Corydon Drake was accused of trafficking marijuana from homes he kept in Colorado back to Wisconsin. According to the criminal complaint, between January of 2015 and December of 2017, Drake conspired to deliver over 10,000 grams or 200 plants, a Class E felony.

His attorney Christopher Zachar questioned the credibility of some of the sources who placed Drake as heading up major marijuana deals. Zachar also noted the complete compliance Drake had demonstrated over the past year since out on bond.

The prosecution recommended a sentence of probation and Judge Elliot Levine agreed in his ruling.

"I do think probation is appropriate, I'm going to place a time of one year and the reasoning is that he's already established his ability to follow through with the rules," Levine said.

Additionally, Drake was fined $2,500 as well as having to pay court costs.

Roger Staffaroni

Assignment Editor

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