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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Man Enters Guilty Plea In Large Obion County Marijuana Grow Operation

Memphis, TN – Ignacio Lazcano-Acosta, 52, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of
manufacturing and attempting to manufacture marijuana in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846,
announced United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III.

According to information presented in court, on October 11, 2011 in Obion County, Tennessee,
officers with the Obion County Sheriff’s Department discovered a large outdoor marijuana grow
containing several acres of marijuana plants that had the appearance of being grown, harvested,
and processed for distribution. DEA agents were able to identify Ignacio Lazcano-Acosta as one
of the persons involved with the marijuana grow operation. Mr. Lazcano-Acosta changed his
plea in a court hearing before Judge J. Daniel Breen yesterday, October 7, 2013.

The potential penalty for this charge is no more than 20 years in federal prison. Lazcano-Acosta
is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Breen in Jackson on January 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. There
is no parole in the federal prison system.

This crime was investigated by the 27th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement
Administration, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the
Union City Police Department and the Obion County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being
prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Victor L. Ivy on behalf of the government.

Updated March 19, 2015