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October 21, 2014

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Federal charges in $7 million pot bust likely to trump state’s

Marijuana bust

State drug charges likely will be dropped against a man accused of growing $7 million worth of marijuana because federal charges are likely to take precedence, his attorney said today.

Jeffrey Talley faces charges in federal court that he and three others grew about 2,000 marijuana plants and planned to distribute at least 100 pounds of marijuana.

Talley’s arraignment in Las Vegas Justice Court was rescheduled from today until Oct. 8.

His attorney, Richard Schonfeld, said the federal charges usually take precedence over those filed by the state.

Talley, 40, pleaded not guilty Sept. 4 in federal court to charges of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and money laundering conspiracy.

A grand jury also indicted 41-year-old Alicia Talley, 35-year-old Jim Castaneda, Jr., 51-year-old Craig Huber, all of Las Vegas, with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Alicia Talley also was charged with money laundering conspiracy.

The other three are out of custody on bonds and are scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 18 in federal court.

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