3rd suspect pleads guilty after huge marijuana bust - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3rd suspect pleads guilty after huge marijuana bust

Marijuana plants seized by Lubbock-area law enforcement in December, photo courtesy of Lubbock County S.O. Marijuana plants seized by Lubbock-area law enforcement in December, photo courtesy of Lubbock County S.O.

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man pleads guilty after a huge marijuana bust; possibly the biggest in Lubbock County history according to the Sheriff's Department.  Justin Michael Rascher, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Less Than 50 Kilograms of Marijuana

Last week his co-defendants Kyle Brandon Walker, 34, and Shawn Mark McCardell, 27, pleaded guilty in the same case.  Walker faces up to 40 years in prison and McCardell faces up to 20 years.  Rascher will be sentenced at a later date to no more than five years.

In December, the DEA, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, the Crosby County Sheriff's Office, and the Lubbock Police Department raided houses in Lubbock and at White River Lake.  They confiscated $870,797, firearms, and more than 500 marijuana plants. 

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