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Elderly Brothers Busted for Pot

October 3, 2000 GMT

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) _ Two brothers, ages 74 and 80, have been charged with running a large marijuana operation after agents confiscated more than half a million dollars in pot from their property.

Agents found nearly 500 marijuana plants on David Burmesch’s farm and seized almost 100 pounds of processed marijuana from sheds on the property. Attorney General James Doyle’s office estimated the street value of the marijuana at $598,000.

``This is certainly the largest pot bust in Wisconsin this year,″ said Wisconsin Department of Justice spokesman Randy Romanski.

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David W. Burmesch, 74, and his brother, Eugene A. Burmesch, 80, were charged Friday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court. If convicted, they each face up to 30 years in prison.

David Burmesch told officers he had been growing marijuana for 20 to 25 years because he needed money to support a developmentally disabled son, according to a criminal complaint.

David Burmesch’s wife said neither she nor her husband wanted to talk to a reporter. Eugene Burmesch could not be reached for comment.

They were ordered to appear Oct. 16 in court.