UPDATES: John Gay, 44, of Raymond, was held on a $1 million bond, according to a story by the Racine Journal Times. Gay was charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession marijuana with intent to deliver -- more than 10 kilograms, and manufacturing or distributing marijuana.
Also, according to Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt, detectives and drug investigators left the property Tuesday afternoon after a second day of searching yielded 289 full-grown marijuana plants which filled an additional dump truck.
The helped shut down a massive drug-growing operation in rural Racine County on Monday.
Acting on a tip from a related Greenfield case, Greenfield investigators obtained a warrant to search a property in the Town of Raymond this morning, according to Chief Brad Wentlandt.
There they found 1,850 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $7.2 million, as well as $120,000 in cash, firearms and financial records.
Greenfield police are currently working with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, according to Wentlandt. The investigation is ongoing, and more details will be released when available.
“It’s a great example of outstanding police work and cooperation among jurisdictions,” Wentlandt said. “We’re very thankful for the Racine County Sheriff’s Department for their help and very satisfied to shut down this grow operation.
“As far as anyone here knows, this is the largest drug seizure from a grow operation in southeast Wisconsin that anyone can remember.”