Police find second large pot operation
WCLO's Steve Benton reports the Janesville police department finds a second marijuana grow operation
JANESVILLE The Janesville Police Department’s seizure of 95 live marijuana plants Wednesday might have been bigger news if the department hadn’t seized 147 plants the day before.
Still, the bust at 421 N. Oakhill Ave. on Wednesday was “very big,” Sgt. Jim Holford said.
Though the two operations were discovered at about the same time, the department hasn’t found a link between them, Holford said.
“They were both very sophisticated grow operations,” he said.
Carlos R. Galvan, 46, the resident of 421 N. Oakhill Ave., was arrested Wednesday on charges of manufacturing or delivering more than 50 marijuana plants, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a department news release.
The case started after police discovered a marijuana plant Sunday in a car registered to Galvan, the release says.
“We knew he had access to live plants, but we didn’t know where the plants were coming from,” Holford said.
Galvan was put in Rock County Jail on a probation hold, and police received tips from the community that led them to believe Galvan was growing the plants in his home, Holford said.
Police executed a search warrant at 6 p.m. Wednesday. They found 95 live plants and 45 plants that had died from lack of care, the release says. The live plants could have produced 47.5 pounds of marijuana at an estimated street value of $48,000.
“The basement was divided into two separate growing areas that had extensive lighting and exhaust systems in place,” the release says. “The attic of the residence had been converted into a drying area. This was accessed by using a built-in ladder that had been installed in the pantry.”
Garvin was still in jail on the probation hold when police made the bust, the release says. No one was found in the house.