Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | NEWS
328 pot plants
Rural SCF grow operation busted
Greg Marsten | Staff writer
ST. CROIX FALLS – Polk County investigators and members of the St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force initiated a search warrant at a rural St. Croix Falls location on May 23, where they discovered a reported 326 marijuana plants of various sizes, as well as harvesting, growing and distribution materials, and nearly $25,000 in cash.
According to the probable cause report filed with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the search yielded an arrest for the homeowner, Richard J. Rasmussen, 49 and lesser charges against his daughter, Cassandra Rasmussen, 19.
The report details the investigators discovering hydroponic growing materials, multiple amounts of packaged marijuana and marijuana at various stages of growth and drying for sale. They also found pieces of paraphernalia and associated items, with plants between three and sixfeet tall.
Charges have been filed against both parties, with the father facing three felonies for maintaining a drug trafficking home, manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to sell. He is free on a $5,000 cash bond and will have a May 30 preliminary hearing.
Cassandra Rasmussen is facing lesser charges, including misdemeanor possession and a paraphernalia charge. She is making an initial appearance next month.