Posted Saturday, February 4, 2012 --- 11:45 a.m.
From the Sauk County Sheriff's Department:
On February 2, 2012, the Sauk County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at E4538 Ruetten Drive in the Township of Spring Green.
This search was the result of an investigation that started with an anonymous tip stating somebody was growing marijuana in the general area. The Sauk County Drug Task Force opened an investigation and was able to identify the location listed above.
As a result of the search warrant a sophisticated, large scale marijuana growing operation was found within the residence.
The estimated value of the processed and raw marijuana found during the search is thought to be approximately $130,000.00.
The occupants of the residents were identified as Todd M. Tiedeman, age 44 and Melissa M. Krantz, age 37. Both were arrested for the charges of Manufacture/Deliver Marijuana/THC and Maintaining a Drug Dwelling. Tiedeman was also charged with Felon in Possession of Firearms. The investigation is continuing and possible further charges may be forthcoming.
Both of the drug charges are Class I felonies. If convicted of a Class I Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to 3-1/2 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.
A Felon in Possession of a Firearm is a Class G felony. If convicted of a Class G Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $25,000, or imprisonment of up to 10 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.
The Sauk County Drug Task Force consists of officers from the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Baraboo Police Department, Sauk Prairie Police Department, Lake Delton Police Department, Spring Green Police Department, Reedsburg Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol.
Sheriff Chip Meister says, “This was a very sophisticated operation and the suspects went to great lengths to conceal their criminal activity.”
Sheriff Chip Meister