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Busted: Man arrested after elaborate marijuana grow operation found in basement

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RACINE — Agents from the Racine County Metro Drug Unit arrested a 53-year-old man on October 1st on charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, keeper of a drug house for manufacturing THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Racine Sheriff’s Office, agents served a search warrant at a residence in the 6700 block of Brian Drive in Wind Lake around 2:15 p.m. In the basement of the residence, a large and elaborate marijuana grow operation was located.   The suspect was arrested at the scene.

The marijuana operation consisted of 95 live plants in various states of maturity.  The marijuana was being grown with an elaborate lighting and hydroponic watering/fertilizing system. The suspect admitted to having approximately $8000 invested in the growing operation and a $500 per month electric bill.

Agents also located almost 10 pounds of dried marijuana buds and flake, marijuana plant stems and leaves.  It was discovered that the suspect was also making THC “Butter” and “Dabs”.   THC “Butter” (cannabutter) is used to make edible THC products (cookies, brownies).  Dabs or Wax is a highly concentrated THC substance similar to Hash oil.  This substance is often smoked using vaporizer devices or electronic cigarette devices and is considered to be approximately 4 times as strong as smoking regular marijuana.

It is estimated that one mature marijuana plant can produce approximately one pound of marijuana.  The selling price of marijuana can vary greatly depending on the quality, but can range between $1000 and $4000 per pound, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.  THC “Butter” can sell for approximately $40 per 4 ounce stick.  “Dabs” being a much more concentrated form of THC can sell for $40 – $70 per gram.  The consumption of edible THC products and the smoking/vapor inhaling of “dabs” has become much more popular since the legalization of recreational marijuana use in other states.

The suspect is being held at the Racine County Jail on charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, keeper of a drug house for manufacturing THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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  • JP79

    Good job you got the Pot, Pot is what all these people are overdosing on right? Oh thats right it is Heroin… But good job on not getting the heroin and other man made drugs off the street…

    • Worker

      Looks like he has talent, probably going to make a great prison gardener. I am open to the argument on legalizing & taxing it though. Make more room for violent offenders in our jails.

  • Dino

    here`s a guy just trying to make a living,and the bad guys are out there, killing,stealing from us. go after the real thugs.

  • monkeybrainstewtartar

    Gotta say , doesn’t really look all that special for the money he spent. High schoolers are smoking this shwag.

  • Dawn

    Some of the things you guys are sayinga are dumb. He’s making drugs. He had a huge amount. So it’s not heroin so what, one idiot off the street. The drugs he was making can be just as dangerous.
    One more idiot in jail. Lock him up and throw away the key.

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