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Greenfield Police Seize 1,850 Pounds of Marijuana Monday; More Found Tuesday

Acting on a tip from one of their cases led Greenfield police investigators to the bust in rural Racine County.

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.”

Jesse Lee October 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Wow, that's a ton of weed (almost literally)!
Libertarian November 01, 2011 at 05:57 AM
It's wonderful that we have the police to protect us from highly dangerous things like plants
that_guy1234 November 01, 2011 at 05:57 AM
Thats $243 an ounce. I love cop math
Toby Mueller November 01, 2011 at 11:31 AM
If this is the action that I saw yesterday, this was 3 houses south of Raymond School. I saw it when I was dropping off my child at school. SWAT was there and the house teeming with police. It is concerning that this was so close to a school.
David Cotey November 01, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Anyone agree with this guy's take (from an email sent to me last night): "See, if you call it "drug-growing" operation, it will perpetuate the stereotype that weed is a drug. The DA said no more! Now people have to buy their medicine off the streets! What kind of morality is that?? Can you really say a medicine that simple grows out of the ground, like aloe vera, is a dangerous drug and should be illegal? Get a grip! help this country, dont ruin it!"
GG November 01, 2011 at 03:52 PM
At approximately $300,000 per pound, that must be some mighty nice weed! Seems a little high priced to me. I'd like to know how they arrived at $7.2 mil for less than 2000 pounds.
David Cotey November 01, 2011 at 03:56 PM
GG, I'll ask, but I think you have one too many zeroes. Using the figures provided to me, it's $3,892 per pound.
David Cotey November 01, 2011 at 05:33 PM
According to Chief Brad Wentlandt, the price is derived from the current local selling price of high-grade marijuana, which ranges from $3,000-$5,000 per pound depending on quality. As for those curious what will happen to all that pot, it will be re-weighed, samples will be taken as evidence and then it will destroyed.
Canna Centers November 01, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Congressman Steve Cohen from Tennessee states in his letter to Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske that, "There is no evidence that marijuana has the same addictive qualities or damaging consequences as these harder drugs and it should not be treated as such." He goes on to explain how drug convictions for non-violent possession "crimes" have high costs - almost $7.6 billion per year is estimated to be spent on marijuana arrests and prosecutions. He also states that the damage to ruining someone's life with an unnecessary conviction is an unreasonable cost to our society, dooming these people to "second-class citizenship". He mentions the "disastrous racial disparities" in the criminal justice system, reporting that African-Americans and Latinos are much more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites.
Denise Lockwood November 01, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Funny thing is that I used to cover the Town of Raymond from 2001 to 2004. I once wrote a historical piece about how the Raymond/Union Grove area back in the 1930s and into the 1940s had grown a considerable amount of marijuana for the war effort because it was used to make rope.
Jay Sykes November 02, 2011 at 02:29 AM
Prior to synthetic rope, Wisconsin was one of the largest hemp growing states. It is not legal to grow Industrial grade Hemp in the USA today, even though it it very low in THC.
Denise Lockwood November 02, 2011 at 02:42 AM
yup... I reported that.
Craig Manske November 07, 2011 at 07:53 PM
+1, like
Robert Shirah February 08, 2012 at 08:35 AM
The mother of my child has taken my son & refuses to let me me see him. If she has the right to be with him then so do I pursuant to the 14th amendment, if she does not have that right then why is my son with her? I have all the documents proving I am his father. This is a DIRECT VIOLATION of the 14th amendment. ALL PERSONS born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the EQUAL PROTECTION of the laws. I have reported this crime to the Greenfield Police Department and they have refused to get a warrent .
Craig Manske February 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
You're going to sit here and waste my time when you don't even know yet if you're the father? Grow up!
ryan dehahn June 21, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Lmfao good to see my tax dollars went to a pathetic cause instead of twards my childs education
christopher g tisler November 03, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I have wild hemp still growing on the farm it is a pain to get rid of and gets huge any Ideas how to get rid of it?
Nathan Reed February 26, 2013 at 06:12 PM
How did Greenfield police sieze a growing op in Racine?

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