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Exposed: Kenosha authorities uncover massive marijuana grow operation

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KENOSHA (WITI) -- Kenosha County authorities uncovered on Monday, May 12th, a sophisticated, indoor marijuana grow operation.

Members of the Kenosha Drug Operations Group (KDOG) executed a search warrant on 29-year-old Eric Bonilla's home on 116th St. in the Town of Randall. In a small, hidden area of the basement, officials say they discovered a massive marijuana operation.

"Did a good job of keeping this under wraps for a long period of time.  Now he's got a record.  Now he's in jail," said Sheriff Beth.

Investigators say Bonilla allegedly used hydroponics -- a method of growing plants in water -- to yield 36 pounds of weed, bagged and ready to be sold. That has a street value of $145,000. Investigators also pulled 45 mature marijuana plants from the home valued at $45,000.

Sheriff Beth said marijuana is a problem in Kenosha County. He says drug use is often associated with other problems in the county, like domestic violence -- which is why KDOG takes an aggressive approach to busts like this one.

"We're looking for you. And the neighborhoods. If you know of someone in you believe is selling drugs out of their house - let us know. Let our drug unit know," said Sheriff Beth.

On Thursday, May 15th, KODG submitted three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge to the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office.


  • kathryn

    I like how they threw in that he had his young children and his pregnant wife living in the home with him. Sounds to me, like he was providing for his family.

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years…thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never
    planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country
    already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking
    over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  • john

    Is there nothing better to do? Why are we wasting out tax dollars on busting marijuana? There are much worse things going on then someone growing plants in a basement .

  • Sharon

    My question here is what exactly do they expect to gain from airing this dirty laundry? He grew marijuana in the basement? Okay. He had a very small amount of cocaine? Alright. He had a small gun? Who doesn’t in Wisconsin? Nothing about this article makes me fear for mine or my children’s life. in fact. I feel for him, his wife, and his small children. There are far worse people to be going after than a father growing weed. I am praying for this man and the family the authorities are destroying.

  • Meril

    some one else got busted . this is not some great work here . this is a set up by a rat……this dude is screwed unless he can rat on some one else that how it works.

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