East Troy man to face charges in pot scheme
ELKHORN An East Troy man is charged with taking delivery of high quality medical marijuana from his brother in California with the intent to sell it.
The felony drug case against Paul Neves is the second filed by Walworth County prosecutors since December involving the import of California pot.
Four Elkhorn- and Lake Geneva-area teens were charged in December with having medical marijuana shipped to them through the U.S. mail. Their cases are pending.
Neves, 51, of 2742 Frontage Road is charged with having California pot delivered to him by his brother through UPS. He faces up to 12 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the felony count. He also has lesser charges of possessing pot and drug paraphernalia.
According to the criminal complaint:
East Troy police executed a search warrant at Neves' home April 26 after being contacted by the sheriff's office in Tuolumne County, Calif.
The California deputies reported finding about 2 pounds of pot inside a UPS package addressed to Neves' home in East Troy.
A UPS security officer told California deputies six packages were sent from Sonora, Calif., to Neves' home in East Troy between Jan. 10 and April 11.
East Troy police reported finding a brown packaging box at Neves' home that was similar to the one opened by deputies in Sonora.
California authorities report Steve E. Neves sent pot to East Troy after getting money orders for $999 apiece from his brother. The transactions were then switched to cash to reduce the paper trail.
Steve E. Neves, 58, was arrested and charged on drug-related counts by California authorities. He said he was growing marijuana for medical purposes.
Authorities found 72 marijuana plants, 10 pounds of processed pot and $46,135 in cash.
California news outlets reported Steve E. Neves had one of the largest marijuana growing operations in recent memory.