Man Sentenced For Role In Underground Marijuana Growing Operation

Published: Nov. 21, 2006 at 11:37 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2006 at 8:14 PM EST
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(BOWLING GREEN, Ky.) -- A Florida man who admitted to helping run a vast underground marijuana growing operation on a Kentucky farm has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Dale Snoddy, 53, of Miami Beach, pleaded guilty to federal charges connected to the operation, which was uncovered by authorities in southwestern Kentucky in November 2005.

Snoddy was sentenced Tuesday to three years and one month in a federal prison, and three years of supervised release. Snoddy helped finance the operation and furnished a generator for it, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Louisville.

He was arrested on Feb. 2 near the farm with 12 pounds of marijuana. Federal authorities say the 1,000-square-foot, pot-growing operation was hidden beneath a barn on a Simpson County farm. The only entrance was an elevator disguised as a shower stall. Federal officials say it produced nearly $2 million worth of marijuana from 2001 to 2006.

Three other defendants in the case are Cecil Hume Jr., a 57-year-old ex-Marine from Louisville; Gary Bullington, 55, of Allen County; and Trudy Jackson, 58, of Louisville.

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