On Sept. 11, officers from the Richland Iowa Grant Drug Task Force and deputies from the Grant County Sheriff's Department raided a home in Ellenboro, seizing one of the largest marijuana growing labs in the county's history, collecting roughly $300,000 in the drug.
Located inside the residence were four separate Marijuana growing operations, with each operation in a different stage of growth and production. A total of 347 Marijuana plants were located throughout the residence with several pounds of finished product. A significant amount of money was confiscated from the residence along with several firearms and ammunition.
"They had been working on this for months," Dreckman said, noting that the volume of the growing operation was such that officer spent nine hours inventoring and collecting evidence.
Two men have been charged with the growing operation - Travis Sedlak, Platteville and Matthew Boyd, Dodgeville, both 32. Sedlak was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a drug house. Boyd was charged with manufacturing-party to a crime.
More than $14,000 in cash and hallucinogenic mushrooms were found in safes at the residence.
During an initial appearance, Sedlak was given a $5,000 cash bon, while Boyd was given a $2,500 cash bond.
Dreckman stated that there may be additional charges, depending on where drugs were being distributed.