Buxton man admits to grow operation, intent to sell pot

2014-03-29T08:44:00Z 2014-03-30T22:40:11Z Buxton man admits to grow operation, intent to sell potBy ANGELA BRANDT Montana Standard The Billings Gazette
March 29, 2014 8:44 am  • 

A Buxton man changed his plea Thursday morning to guilty for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.

“I engaged in a grow operation... with intent to sell marijuana,” Laurence “Larry” Bugni told the judge in Butte district court.

Bugni, 55, grew marijuana at his two residences in Buxton and Divide.

He also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of use or possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture (money, weapons and property).

Police arrested Bugni in December 2012 after seizing more than 140 marijuana plants from their home at 116082 Fleecer Rd. in Buxton. Investigators found pot in various stages of growth, lamps, heaters, fans and other items commonly used in growing marijuana, according to charging documents.

Bugni had previously pleaded not guilty to five felony charges, including criminal production of dangerous drugs. He changed his plea as part of an agreement with amended charges.

Investigators also seized about $14,000 that the Bugnis allegedly had in a credit union account. Both Bugni and his wife are unemployed, court documents claim.

A presentence investigation has been ordered.

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