Illinois man accused of growing $3 million in marijuana pleads not guilty

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URBANA - A northeastern Illinois man accused of growing approximately $3 million worth of marijuana plants at a warehouse in Bradley has pleaded not guilty.

On Monday, David Neblock, 37, was arraigned on federal charges of manufacturing 791 marijuana plants, falsifying income to obtain a home mortgage, and filing false tax returns.  He was arrested on Thursday, over a year after law enforcement raided the warehouse.

A magistrate judge ordered Neblock be released from custody once a home detention system is installed in his house.  Neblock will remain in home detention until his trial is completed.

However, Neblock's attorney, Steven Hunter, argues that his client shouldn't be kept in custody, saying "He was not trying to hide or be a fugitive."

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