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More than 2,000 pounds of pot were compressed and hidden in 12 large deep freezers at a warehouse in Fort Wayne, and the DEA says an Indianapolis man is facing federal narcotic charges in connection with the cache.

Martin Gonzalez-Medina, 50, was charged Wednesday with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

He was scheduled to appear today in front a U.S. magistrate and has a detention hearing scheduled later in the week, according to a statement issued by Jack Riley, special agent-in-charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which covers Fort Wayne.

If convicted, Gonzalez-Medina would face a mandatory minimum of five to 40 years in prison in addition to a fine of up to $5 million, the statement said.

“This is the most significant marijuana seizure in Northeast Indiana in several years,” Riley said in the statement. “This seizure shows that large scale criminal drug trafficking organizations continue to try to use Fort Wayne both as a local distribution center and a transshipment point for distribution to other states.”

The seizure was made Monday as the marijuana was delivered to a warehouse off Industrial Road, according to the statement. It said the marijuana, which originated in Mexico, was transported through Texas before arriving in Fort Wayne.

The investigation was conducted by a DEA task force made up of federal agents from the DEA and IRS, as well as officers from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Wayne Police Department.