A Woodbury man, along with 17 other defendants, have been charged in federal court in connection with an indoor marijuana growing operation.
Dat Thai Tran, 27, of Woodbury was charged on Wednesday, July 2 with one count of conspiracy to manufacturer at least 1,000 marijuana plants.
The criminal complaint alleges that Tran, and 17 other defendants, conspired to manufacture marijuana plants from February through June.
Search warrants were executed on June 30 for various locations throughout the Twin Cities. At six of the locations, active indoor marijuana cultivation operations were observed. The active operation sites were located in Coon Rapids, Elk River, Lakeland, Ramsey, Savage and Shakopee.
In addition to the six active operations, evidence of dismantled marijuana operations were discovered in Cottage Grove, St. Michael and St. Paul Park.
If the defendants are convicted, they could face a maximum penalty of life in prison.