Posted: May 9, 2012 5:38 PM by Irina Cates (KPAX News)
Updated: May 10, 2012 11:01 AM
MISSOULA- Two men who are accused of helping Big Sky Health owner Jason Washington with his marijuana grow operation have pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.
Christopher Cronshaw and Gregory Zuckert both pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.
Federal prosecutors say Cronshaw was the "head grower" in the medical marijuana facility and was responsible for selecting, growing, processing and tending to more than 1,000 marijuana plants that were then harvested and sold through the dispensary.
His attorney says Cronshaw had no knowledge of any of the other defendants selling any of the marijuana to "non-card" customers.
Prosecutors say Gregory Zuckert went to Jason Washington's growing facility to inspect the plants and to give Washington advice on how improve the production.
The other four co-defendants in this case, including Washington, still say they're innocent. Washington is a Missoula business owner and a former University of Montana quarterback who has pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges.