Foreclosure helps uncover marijuana growing operation

A marijuana growing operation discovered when the locks on a house were changed during foreclosure led to charges Friday for a 43-year-old Sheboygan Falls man. Brock O. Bizzell, of 140 Summer St., is charged with marijuana manufacturing, maintaining a drug trafficking place and marijuana possession, felonies punishable by up to eight years in prison. Bizzell was arrested Wednesday after police raided a house at W3180 Highway PP and seized 40 marijuana plants and an array of related equipment. Sheboygan Falls Police Chief Steve Riffel called it a “large-scale and elaborate growing operation.”

According to a criminal complaint:

Contractors hired to change the locks on the building Wednesday discovered marijuana plants and alerted Sheboygan Falls police. Officers obtained a search warrant and found a growing operating that encompassed most of the house. Police found 40 growing plants ranging from seedlings to 5 feet high, and an upstairs bedroom had 63 strands of marijuana stems and buds drying on a rope. Elsewhere in the house police found ventilation systems, fertilization systems and intricate lighting systems. Bizzell admitted to growing the marijuana but claimed it was only for personal use. He told police he was sick of getting burned by the people he bought marijuana from and decided two months prior to start growing his own. Bizzell did not live at the home, which had belonged to his father.

via : SheboyganPress

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