WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- Drug officers are calling the discovery of an indoor marijuana-growing operation in Mukwonago Township the most elaborate and sophisticated found in Waukesha County.
The operation was capable of producing three crops per year, Waukesha County Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Unit Commander Capt. Charles Wood said. The current crop was valued at more than $100,000, he said.
The father and son, ages 64 and 44, who are linked to the property, face charges of theft and manufacturing controlled substances, Wood said. They have not been arrested.
The Metro Drug unit searched the residence on Sugden Road on July 2.
More than 100 marijuana plants, along with fertilizer, growing supplies, and literature on growing marijuana were seized from the home, according to the search warrant.
The residence was modified solely for the growing of marijuana, including an extensive exhaust system, an elaborate watering system with several hundreds of gallons of fertilized water and at least 16 electrical ballasts for supporting vented lighting. Doors were reinforced with steel plating and windows were covered to prevent entry or detection, Wood said.
There was no working plumbing in the residence, and neither of the suspects were living in the residence, Wood said.
A town of Waterford residence linked to the men was also searched. Marijuana and growing supplies were also seized from the Racine County residence, according to the search warrant.
Wood estimates the operation was going on for three years and was discovered after law enforcement received an anonymous tip.