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Documents: Man kept growing pot after house was busted

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Nico Savidge
August 12, 2013

JANESVILLE—If you were growing pot in the lower unit of a duplex, you might think watching the cops search the upper unit for drugs might inspire you to shut down your operation.

If Janesville Police and court documents obtained Monday are right, though, it wasn't inspiration enough for one man.

Authorities recovered nearly two-dozen marijuana plants—as well as growing supplies and drug paraphernalia—when they searched 26-year-old Steven M. Tomasovic's apartment at 214 E. Holmes St., Janesville, according to court documents.

Police had searched the same house a few weeks before, finding about an ounce of pot and drug paraphernalia in an upper unit, according to a search warrant and affidavit.

Authorities even made contact with Tomasovic when they searched his neighbor's apartment on June 27, according to court documents.

Even though his neighbor was busted for selling pot, documents indicate Tomasovic kept right on growing it downstairs.

Janesville police and officers from the state Division of Criminal Investigation executed another search warrant at 214 E. Holmes St. on Aug. 8—this time on Tomasovic's apartment—and uncovered his operation, authorities said.

He told police he had been growing the plants for about four months “for his personal use,” according to a criminal complaint.

Prosecutors have charged Tomasovic with felony counts of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a drug trafficking place, as well as a misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia, court records show.

The two apartments were not part of the same dealing operation, Janesville police Sgt. Jim Holford said.

Charges have not yet been filed against upstairs tenant, Holford said, because that investigation is ongoing.



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