56-year-old Stoddard man arrested in connection with multi-county drug growing and trafficking operation

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stoddard Pot Bust 1JPG The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office says a multi-County and multi-agency investigation has uncovered a sophisticated marijuana growing and distribution operation with connections in Sawyer and Vernon Counties.

56-year-old Steven Miller was arrested as a result of a search of two homes, one in Stoddard and one in Hayward. The search warrants we executed at the two homes, both owned by Miller, simultaneously. Uncovered at the Hayward residence was a sophisticated indoor hydroponic marijuana grow site with approximately 67 plants in various stages of growth. At the Stoddard site Investigators discovered processed marijuana that had originated from the Sawyer County site, along with guns and cash.

Stoddard Pot Bust 2The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office says they had received information related to drug trafficking involving local high school students and the search warrants wer the result of pursuing those leads. 

The joint investigation was conducted involving investigators and agents from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, The Division of Criminal Investigation and the West Central MEG Unit.

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears indicated that this is an ongoing case, and that Investigators continue to pursue leads developed during Friday’s searches. He said that at least two more Wisconsin counties have been linked to this case, and that more arrests may be forthcoming.

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