Five facing federal charges following massive marijuana bust

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Five men have been charged in federal court after a large-scale marijuana bust.

Steven Falstad, Blake Handrick, Chad Peterson, Jason Weller, all of Eau Claire, and Joseph Cicione, of Washington State, were all charged in federal court for their part in the two-year-crime.

The bust happened back in December 2015.

Investigators say the group was transporting large amounts of pot from the State of Washington. The indictment alleges more than 300 pounds of marijuana was involved in the crimes.

Handrick and Cicione face the most charges, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. They both could face a mandatory minimum penalty of five years to a maximum of life in federal prison.

Weller, Falstad and Peterson are also charged with intent to distribute marijuana and could face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

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