Police find 30 pounds of pot in Newville home
JANESVILLE The roommates planned to pay off a school loan and a motorcycle with the money they made selling marijuana.
One had harvested his plants a week and a half before police invaded his Newville home. He told police his roommate wasn’t a very good grower. He’d had two crops fail prior to the one police found in his room, according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Rock County Court.
Between the two, they had 29.9 pounds of marijuana they planned to sell for $1,000 per pound.
Sean R. Slusser and Justin W. Mayo, both 28 and both of 909 E. Mallwood Drive, Edgerton, were charged Tuesday in Rock County Court with party to manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, party to maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Commissioner Charles Holznecht set bail at $2,650 for each man.
The two tried to run out the back door on Monday when police executed a search warrant at the home in the town of Fulton near the Interstate 90/39 Newville exit and the southwest end of Lake Koshkonong.
The arrests followed a tip and an investigation, according to the news release. Court documents do not indicate the nature of the tip.
Police found 29.9 pounds of marijuana in various forms including hanging in the basement to dry and growing in pots in a bedroom. They found a marijuana pipe, indoor growing huts, multiple air conditioners, potting soil and fertilizer.
Mayo told police he was growing 11 plants outdoors near Footville. He had been growing the plants for seven months and had harvested them about 10 days before the
bust, he told police.
Mayo said Slusser is a “bad” marijuana grower. He’d lost two crops prior to the five adolescent plants police found growing in an upstairs room. Mayo told police he had expected it would take two weeks to sell the marijuana.
Slusser said he bought the indoor grow huts from a Madison store before he moved in with Mayo. He wanted to pay off his motorcycle, and Mayo wanted to pay off his student
loans, Slusser told police.
The men are scheduled for an initial appearance Oct. 25.