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Frankfort man facing federal drug charges after more than 3,200 marijuana plants

By WKTV News

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Frankfort man is facing federal drug charges after an investigation into a massive marijuana-growing operation was uncovered on Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Corey Leitz, 41, of Frankfort, has been charged with knowingly and intentionally manufacturing marijuana by cultivating and processing more than 1,000 plants.

If found guilty, authorities say Leitz faces a mandatory 20 years imprisonment with a potential maximum of life imprisonment. Following his incarceration Mr. Leitz would be subject to a minimum 10 years of supervised release up to life.

On December 14, DEA and the New York State Police executed a federal search warrant, at 162 McIntyre Road in Frankfort. During the course of the operation, investigators discovered more than 3,200 marijuana plants growing in a barn located on the property.

Authorities said this represents one of the largest seizures of marihuana plants in the Northern District of New York.

Leitz had his initial appearance on the charge in Federal Court in Syracuse on Wednesday. He was held pending a detention hearing which has been set for December 19, 2011 at 2 p.m.

This prosecution resulted from a joint investigation undertaken by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New York State Police, and the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

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