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Delavan police bust marijuana growing operation

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Kayla Bunge
July 16, 2010
— Police say they removed two children and several large garbage bags of marijuana plants from a marijuana growing operation Wednesday.

Delavan police executed a search warrant at 58 E. Walworth Ave. about 7 a.m. Wednesday. Police obtained the warrant after several weeks of investigation into a possible marijuana growing operation at the house.


Police found the residence in “deplorable” condition, Chief Tim O’Neill said.


“We found rotting food and mold in places. We had to shut the power off, shut the gas off,” he said. “The building inspector and the fire inspector determined it was unfit for human habitation.”


Officers took two children, both younger than 10, to authorities at the Walworth County Health and Human Services Department, O’Neill said. They also seized several large garbage bags full of marijuana plants and stolen property connected to at least one burglary and several thefts, he said.


“It was a pretty big grow operation,” he said. “There was no question.”


Residents of the home arrested were:


-- Larry R. Lewis, 45, maintaining a drug house, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and child neglect.


-- Colleen M. Dale Lewis, 44, maintaining a drug house, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and child neglect.


-- David M. Guevara, 17, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.


-- West E. Rodgers, 17, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.


-- Jacob D. Wagner, 17, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Police consider the bust significant because of the size of the growing operation and the amount of marijuana police rook from the house, O’Neill said.


“As far as drugs go, it’s not that profound. But as far as marijuana goes, it is important,” he said.



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