Uncle, nephew arrested in rural marijuana raid
TOWN OF NEWARK—Pounds of marijuana were found during a raid on a rural farmstead west of Beloit on Thursday afternoon, the Rock County Sheriff's Office reported.
Officers found 25 marijuana plants in a cornfield and 18 other marijuana plants inside the residence. Also in the residence were about 82 pounds of marijuana “in the processing stage,” according to a news release.
A loaded handgun was found in the residence.
Arrested on a charge of maintaining a drug house at 7902 S. County H in the town of Newark were Dustin J. Frederick, 32, and Dustin's uncle, David A. Frederick, 56. Both live at the address, according to the news release.
Dustin Frederick also was arrested on charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a felon.
County land records indicate the Fredericks are not the owners of the 84.5-acre parcel.
The search warrant raid was the result of a Rock County Special Investigations Unit investigation, according to the news release. The Gangs Rock County task force assisted SIU officers in the search, which included buildings, vehicles and a cornfield near the residence.
Officials were not immediately available to answer questions about the raid.