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UPDATE: Prosecutors: Athens Marijuana Grow Valued at $2 Million

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UPDATE: Mon 3:35 PM, Feb. 10, 2014

A 33-year-old Wausau man is now charged after investigators say they seized hundreds of marijuana plants valued at $2 million.

Bryan Arnold made his initial appearance Monday and is free on a $25,000 cash bond.

The investigation began after Arnold attempted to ship four ounces of marijuana to a home he owned in Kansas. Arnold reportedly told investigators he did not want to drive with the marijuana and thought shipping it would be a good idea.

According to the criminal complaint, a search warrant was executed at a home on the 800 block of Stueben Street in Wausau. Investigators believed due to the amount of marijuana discovered at Arnold's home, he was operating a grow somewhere within the county.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Arnold's parents' home. Inside the basement investigators found more than 500 marijuana plants .

According to the criminal complaint the operation was very extensive and involved elaborate lighting, irrigation, heating and ventilation that were hard-wired or plumbed permanently into the home's propane, electrical or plumbing systems.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Mon 3:51 PM, Feb. 10, 2014

At least two people face charges after Marathon County sheriff's deputies say they busted a major indoor drug grow in Athens.

Chief Deputy Chad Billeb tells NewsChannel 7 it started last Thursday when a worker at a delivery company spotted a suspicious package.

He did not identify the company.

Billeb says the department's new K9 officer "Csibi" was brought in and and alerted them to drugs being inside the package. A quarter pound of marijuana was found inside.

Officers than executed a search warrant at a home in Wausau. Billeb says information discovered in that home lead them to a residence in Athens.

When a search warrant was executed there, deputies say they found 800 to 850 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. Billeb calls it one of the largest indoor marijuana grows ever discovered in the county.

He says at least two people face charges as a result.

More details are expected to be released later today.

Marathon Co. Drug Bust


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