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Duluth man sentenced to 60 months in prison for role in marijuana-growing operation

A Duluth man was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in prison for his role in a marijuana-growing operation consisting of more than 925 plants. David Donald Foote, 43, was sentenced in federal court in Duluth on one count of conspiracy to manufactu...

A Duluth man was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in prison for his role in a marijuana-growing operation consisting of more than 925 plants.

David Donald Foote, 43, was sentenced in federal court in Duluth on one count of conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants.

He and three co-defendants were indicted on July 6. He and two co-defendants pleaded guilty on October 24, the other man pleaded guilty on Oct. 14. The three other men were sentenced earlier this year. Russell Gordon Fromberg, 51, of Proctor, was sentenced to 32 months in prison; Steven John Hansen, 51, of Duluth, received six months; and Craig Alan Modean, 36, of Barnum, received three months.

In their plea agreements, Foote, Hansen, and Fromberg admitted that from January of 2008 through April 1, 2010, they conspired with others to manufacture marijuana. In March 2010, law enforcement executed search warrants at various residences and found hundreds of marijuana plants. Hansen possessed 96 plants in his home. He also admitted assisting at a second Duluth residence, where additional plants were recovered. Furthermore, he admitted selling marijuana and being responsible for manufacturing a total of 554 plants during the course of the conspiracy.

Officers seized 458 plants from Foote, and he admitted responsibility for manufacturing 925 plants during the conspiracy. He also admitted setting up grow operations at a number of locations.

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Officers seized 46 plants at Fromberg's residence, and he admitted responsibility for assisting in the manufacturing of 600 plants. In addition, Fromberg admitted possessing seven firearms, including five rifles and two pistols.

At Modean's residence officers seized 325 plants.

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