Media Center

Wisconsin DOJ Partners With Sauk County Drug Task Force and Columbia County Sheriff's Office in Marijuana Bust

 

The following is a joint press release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Sauk County Sheriff's Office and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office

 

MADISON - On March 26, 2010 the Sauk County Drug Task Force, along with Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office executed search warrants on two residences -- 1007 Jefferson Street in Sauk City and N1310 State Highway 188, in the Town of West Point in Columbia County. 

 

The Sauk County Drug Task Force seized over $7,000.00 in cash along with plants and processed marijuana valued at over $100,000.00  at the Sauk City location.  Task Force personnel located a growing operation in an underground "bunker" located inside the garage.

 

The investigation revealed two rooms with mature marijuana plants at various stages of development.  There were grow lights and a watering system along with numerous immature plants in the bunker at various stages of development.  Seventy-eight plants seized from the bunker.

 

The residence belongs to and is occupied by Timothy Smith, age 52, and Diane Smith.  Timothy was charged with one count of Manufacturing and one count of Possession with Intent to Deliver.  He is being held in the Sauk County Jail.

 

Questions concerning this case should be directed to the Sauk County District Attorney's Office or Chief Deputy Meister at (608) 355-3208.

As part of the operation, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at N1310 STH 188 in the Town of West Point, Columbia County. During the search, 38 marijuana plants were seized, along with $1,800 in US Currency. Numerous items of drug paraphernalia were seized, along with over one pound of processed marijuana.

 

Arrested was Randy W. Holdt, DOB: 12/01/59.  He is being held in the Columbia County Jail, tentatively charged with Manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a schedule II narcotic.  Holdt is being charged as a second and subsequent offense in regards to the marijuana as he has a previous conviction for possession.

 

Questions concerning this case should be directed to the Columbia County District Attorney's Office.

 

A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

A copy of the criminal complaint is available

 

2010 file: