A Racine man with a hydrophonic grow operation consisting of 38 live marijuana plants and clones was arrested earlier this month and charged with the manufacture of T.H.C., possession of T.H.C. as a repeat drug offender, keeper of a drug place for manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia and 2nd degree reckless endangerment because a small child resided at his residence.
Based on a tip, the Racine County Sheriff’s office found the grow operation in rural Racine County tucked inside a red barn. Besides the plants and clones, investigators found several grams of seeds along with varioius drug paraphernalia. Although the suspect said the drugs were for personal use only, police say he had a handful of buyers.
Penalties for the cultivation and sale of marijuana in Wisconsin vary according to the amount possessed, grown, or sold; with increased penalties for sales to a minor or within a drug free school zone, or for second or subsequent offenses. If convicted, the man could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine for the cultivation and sales of 28 plants alone. If he happens to be in a drug-free zone, he could add another 5 years on to his prison sentence.
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Source: Fox6Now, “Underneath our nose:” 34-year-old man arrested after marijuana grow operation found in Yorkville”, by Ashley Sears, May 13, 2016.