Janesville man suspected of supplying son with marijuana for sale
JANESVILLE Janesville police Wednesday arrested a man they think was supplying his teenage son with marijuana for sale at Parker High School.
Police arrested Christopher Zoellner, 35, of 419 S. Crosby Ave., Janesville, at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Janesville Police Department on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug-trafficking house.
Police seized 37 grams of marijuana from Zoellner’s home along with two scales and packaging materials, Janesville Street Crimes Unit Sgt. Jim Holford said.
Zoellner’s arrest follows the Monday referral of two Parker freshmen to juvenile authorities.
A 15-year-old Janesville boy was referred on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. A 14-year-old Janesville boy was referred on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The boys are suspended from school pending expulsion hearings, according to police reports.
The boys were taken into police custody after a student reported to administrators that the boys were smoking marijuana in a school bathroom.
School liaison officer Scott Wasemilller used recordings made by cameras in the hallways near the bathroom exits to identify the boys, Janesville School District Superintendent Karen Schulte said. The number of security cameras at Parker was doubled last year thanks to a Safe and Supportive Schools grant, she said.
The school district’s investigation is ongoing, Schulte said.
The drug sales typically were taking place off school grounds but were arranged during school hours, Holford said.
While Wasemiller was interviewing the teens Monday morning, one boy’s cell phone was repeatedly getting incoming text messages with what appeared to be arrangements for drug sales, Holford said. Wasemiller at that point alerted the street crimes unit of the situation.
The boys had 1.1 grams of marijuana in their possession and admitted supplying as many as 20 Janesville students with marijuana. One of the boys told police his supplier was a 25-year-old Janesville man.
It turned out to be a teenage Janesville student, who said he was getting the marijuana from his dad, Zoellner. The police investigation is ongoing, Holford said. Police have notified Rock County Child Protective Services about the situation, which is standard when children live in a home involved in a drug arrest.
As far as police know, Zoellner was the only supplier for the teen suspected of selling marijuana at Parker. Zoellner’s son was not arrested, Holford said.