UPDATED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 --- 11:00 p.m.
Neighbors are shocked to discover two men were arrested after investigators found $30,000 worth of marijuana in their house.
On Monday, a search warrant at a home in the Town of Fulton east of Edgerton revealed nearly 30 pounds of the drug. The two residents told investigators they grew several plants in an upstairs bedroom, and were drying more than 200 more in the basement.
Both 28-year-old Justin Mayo and 28-year-old Sean Slusser were arrested and face possible sentences of more than 30 years if convicted. They are due back in court later this month.
The bust is a surprise to neighbors, who say they thought the street was safe.
"To hear something like that is pretty outrageous and shocking," said 6-year resident Ashley Robinson, who has young children. "We take walks, actually very often, even today we just took a walk around the neighborhood."
"We've been at our house for 25 years," said Ronda Dorn. "It's just hopefully a once in a lifetime thing around my area."
Mayo told investigators he planted marijuana near Janesville, and brought it home to dry a week and a half ago. Multiple neighbors tell NBC 15 that a chain was installed blocking driveway access to the alleged grow house in the last few weeks, possibly about the time the harvest entered the home. Mayo also said their attempt to grow marijuana indoors had already failed twice.
POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 -- 11:55 a.m.
From the Rock County Sheriff’s Office:
On Monday, October 15, 2012, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit (SIU), and officer from the City of Milton Police Department executed a drug Search Warrant at 909 E. Mallwood Dr. in Fulton Township after receiving a tip and subsequent investigation of a possible indoor Marijuana growing operation at this address.
A search of the residence led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation in a second story bedroom and a processing area in the basement. The growing operation included potting soil, chemicals, grow lights, two portable horticultural grow rooms, venting and air filtration system and literature describing how to cultivate marijuana. The drug paraphernalia seized are consistent of items used to facilitate the growing and cultivation of marijuana indoors. The search yielded 29.8 pounds of marijuana at different stages of processing. The approximate street value of the marijuana seized was $30,000.
The two occupants of the residence were identified as Justin W Mayo M/W 02/09/84 and Sean R Slusser M/W 06/18/84. Mayo and Slusser were arrested for Manufacturing of THC, Possession with Intent to Deliver THC and Maintaining a Drug House. Mayo and Slusser are scheduled for their initial court appearance on 10/16/12 @ 4:00 PM.