“Underneath our nose:” 34-year-old man arrested after marijuana grow operation found in Yorkville

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RACINE COUNTY -- A Racine County tip led deputies to a marijuana grow operation, and landed a 34-year-old man from Yorkville behind bars. But the drugs aren't the only reason why.

Craig Klein

Craig Klein

In rural Racine County of 50th Road in the Town of Yorkville. authorities say a red barn covered up secrets.

"Very, very disturbing," said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.

Tips led the Racine County Metro Drug Unit to the property on Thursday, May 12th.

"This was a grow operation. A very sophisticated grow operation that was occurring underneath our nose in our backyard in the Town of Yorkville," said Schmaling.

Instigators found a hydroponic grow consisting of 38 live marijuana plants, and clones that can be used to grow more.

According to the Racine Co. Sheriff’s Office, a marijuana plant clone is a small trimming from another marijuana plant used to begin growing a new plant.  The plant used to cut these clones from is often referred to as the mother plant.  Hydroponic growing allows the plants a continuous supply of water and liquid fertilizer.

Marijuana grow operation found in home in Yorkville

Authorities say 34-year-old Craig Klein was behind it all.

According to a criminal complaint, Klein  denied he was selling the drugs -- instead keeping it for personal use. But deputies say he had at least five customers.

"This was one of many tips Racine County receives, one that we acted on and one that proved to be fruitful," said Schmaling.

Marijuana grow operation found in home in Yorkville

During the search 221 grams of marijuana plant seeds were also located, along with various drug paraphernalia.  An average marijuana plant can produce approximately one pound of finished product.  The street value of a pound of marijuana varies dependent upon the quality or potency but can range from $1000 – $5000 per pound.

Klein faces charges related to drug crimes but has also been charged with child endangerment.


"There was also a child, a relative of the family, to be allowed in that barn from time to time. Actually sleep in the barn as well," said Schmaling.

The Racine County sheriff says this isn't the biggest bust, but one proving tips make a difference and criminals will be caught.

"It's important we take hold of these types of things and we arrest those who are responsible. Especially when there's children around, that really makes things despicable in my opinion," said Schmaling.

Klein is being held at the Racine County jail on the following charges:

  • Manufacture T.H.C.
  • Possession of T.H.C. as a repeat drug offender
  • Keeper of a drug place for manufacture
  • 2nd degree reckless endangerment (Due to a small child residing at the residence)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia


  • Charles

    Yeah because I’m sure those plants are going to kill people.
    WGAF about some guy growing plants in his barn…

  • Freedom Fighter

    Just plain stupid! So, these cops had solved every single murder and violent crime and were looking for something more to do right? Anyone can see that cannabis prohibition is a complete waste of precious law enforcement and court resources! Lazy police officers picking soft targets instead of fighting real crimes. So back to work lazy cops on, unsolved murders, rapes, assault and theft and leave harmless cannabis alone!

    Figures from the Center for Disease Control on numbers of deaths per year in the USA:

    * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
    * Tobacco: 390,323
    * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
    * Cocaine: 4,906
    * Heroin: 7,200
    * Aspirin: 466
    * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
    * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

    So, which is safer???? Legalize, regulate and TAX!

  • Chas Holman

    What are the police smoking.? It’s hardly a sophisticated, setup.. In fact, it is kind of amateurishly ‘cute’ at best.

    I see many premature, elongated and light starved plants, not a single one anywhere near to having a flower on it. It would be at least 4 months before he ‘produced’ anything from these, and from the looks of it he just didn’t really know what he was doing and I doubt he would of ever got that far.

    Oh well.. You can grow your own real easy in a 24 inch box.. It sure cuts out having to be at the mercy of folks like this guy and a police dept with nothing better to do than shut down hobby gardens that have no actual usable marijuana anywhere near them.

    Rest safe dear citizens, rest safe.

  • Dave Leo

    Sophisticated to whom? That’s a closet setup and a cloner. Would you consider a 6×10 area of spinach to be the work of a mastermind farmer? No.. Looks like a witch hunt to me

  • Z

    How about doing some real police work Racine county?

    You just busted an amateur gardener and you think you’ve done the world a favor.

    Meanwhile, opiates continue to flood the area and the police are clueless.

  • liberated mind

    Trump wants to legalize and let individual states decide how to regulate. But the controlled mainstream media wont tell you that about him. Obama made false promises about legalizing, dont be fooled again by Hillary or Bernie..especially Hillary.

  • Bite Me

    Yall make him sound like he’s Tony Montana. That’s one of the most basic/ghetto grow op’s I’ve seen. Leave this dude alone and go find some real news to report on. The sheriff who described this grow as “very, very disturbing”, was probably a virgin until he turned 40yrs old.

  • Sad

    sad they do this to people and pretend they are some kind off hero, the real criminals are the police who ruined this poor mans life and family. Pleas government stop doing this to people and there families its sick..

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