Man arrested for 'sophisticated' marijuana grow operation

67 marijuana plants, processed marijuana found

VERNON COUNTY, Wis. - A 56-year-old Stoddard man was arrested after authorities discovered a "sophisticated" marijuana manufacturing and trafficking operation at a house near Hayward and properties in Stoddard.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office says investigators discovered an indoor hydroponic marijuana grow site with about 67 plants in various stages of growth at a house near Hayward owned by Steven Miller. At the Stoddard site, investigators discovered processed marijuana that had originated from the Sawyer County site, along with guns and cash.

The Sheriff's Office received information related to drug trafficking involving high school students, which led to a house near Hayward owned by Miller. Miller was arrested in Stoddard.

Search warrants were executed at the various locations on Friday, May 2. Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said investigators continue to pursue leads developing during Friday's searches. He said at least two more Wisconsin counties have been linked to this case and more arrests are likely.

The investigation was two months long and included investigators and agents from the the Vernon County Sheriff's Office, the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office, the Division of Criminal Investigation and the West Central MEG Unit.

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