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159 pot plants seized at Linn Township home

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
January 12, 2010
— Sheriff’s deputies and local police reported seizing 159 marijuana plants and about 150 grams of processed marijuana after executing a search warrant at a Linn Township home on Friday.

Also seized at the home were drug paraphernalia, $2,070 cash and a 2002 Ford Explorer, according to officials at the Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit.


Sheriff’s office Sgt. Jeff Patek, who heads the drug enforcement unit, said each of the 159 plants could produce about half a pound of marijuana. Each pound has street value of about $3,500, he said.


Fred G. Rickel, 43, of N1510 Geneva Ave., Linn Township, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing and possessing marijuana with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Amy Rickel, 39, will have similar charges forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office but was not arrested Friday.


Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said Fred and Amy Rickel’s children were at school at the time of the arrest. Authorities were concerned about who would care for the children if both parents were taken to jail, he said.


Grube, who prosecutes most drug cases in Walworth County, said Monday he had not yet received the police reports necessary to file charges on the matter.


Patek said Fred and Amy Rickel own and live in the home at N1510 Geneva Ave. The drugs were found at an adjacent property—a house rented by the couple at N1518 Geneva Ave.


The sergeant added it didn’t appear anyone lived at the residence where the drugs were found.



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