Mishicot Man Sentenced for Marijuana Cultivation
James L. Santelle, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on April 14, 2014, Steven M. Pelnar (age: 50) of Mishicot, was sentenced to six months incarceration and three years’ probation by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach. Pelnar had previously entered a guilty plea to a single-count of marijuana cultivation. According to the plea agreement and other documents filed with the court, Pelnar operated a marijuana grow operation on his Mishicot area farm and was tending to 330 marijuana plants at the time of his arrest.
The court also ordered Pelnar to pay a $5000 fine and entered an order of forfeiture for a twenty-acre parcel of land used to grow the drug. The forfeited land has a market value of approximately $50,000.
The case was investigated by Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.