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Two accused of growing marijuana in town of Turtle

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Frank Schultz
June 9, 2014

TOWN OF TURTLE—Sheriff's deputies reported seizing 81 marijuana plants growing in the basement of a town of Turtle house last week, according to a criminal complaint.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office Special Investigation Unit arrested two people in a raid on the house Wednesday, according to the complaint.

Blaine E. Wheaton, 45, and Susan E. Anderson, 30, both of 8823 S. Creek Road, were charged in Rock County Court on Friday.

Wheaton was charged with manufacture of marijuana and maintaining a drug trafficking place, both as a second or subsequent offense.

Anderson was charged with manufacture of marijuana, second or subsequent offense, and party to maintaining a drug trafficking place, second or subsequent offense.

“I just gave Blaine somewhere to grow pot,” and he had done so at the house for about a year, Anderson is alleged to have told deputies.

Wheaton brought in the grow equipment, which he had from a previous operation and which was not seized when he was arrested previously, Anderson said, according to the complaint.

Deputies became suspicious of the house after people were noticed making short visits there, and after marijuana stems and drug paraphernalia were found in the trash, the complaint states.

Deputies executed a search warrant at the residence at 10 a.m. Wednesday and discovered the grow operation, including 14 plants that were 6 inches to 18 inches high, 67 smaller plants, about 1.8 pounds of marijuana and grow lights controlled by timers, the complaint states.

Another woman told deputies that she, her husband and their three children lived in the house as guests of Anderson's.

Deputies called Rock County Child Protective Services after discovering “nearly unlivable conditions” in the house, which included trash in bathrooms, moldy food on the counter and in the refrigerator and used diapers in cabinet drawers.

Two dogs, a cat and two pet rats, one of which was running loose, also lived in the house, the complaint states.

Wheaton and Anderson were released on signature bonds.



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