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Racine Co. finds major marijuana grow operation in two locations, including someone else's property

Posted: 10:16 PM, Oct 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-09 23:16:26-04
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RACINE COUNTY — A major marijuana grow operation busted in Racine County. Gregg Gulbrandson, 50, is accused of growing plants in multiple locations including someone else's property.

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Gregg Gulbrandson

The people on Illinois Street in Racine woke up Tuesday to the sound of Racine County Metro Drug Unit arresting their neighbor, Gulbrandson.

"I heard pounding on the door. 'Open the door right now.' And I looked out and that's when I saw the police officers," said Jeanne Peterson.

Police say they removed 23 marijuana plants from the home. Shocking his neighbors who say nothing pointed to Gulbrandson growing or selling the drug.

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Photo courtesy of Racine County Sheriff's Office

"I noticed them bringing out some growing equipment. And I'm like, 'Oh Gregg,'" said Peterson.

That was not his only location for growing pot, according to police. They took plants from a second location in off Highway 31 in Caledonia.

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Photo courtesy of the Racine County Sheriff's Office

Neighbors there saw police working in an empty field.

"I saw a bunch of cops. I didn't see what was going on. I just saw a bunch of cops," said Kelly Clingman.

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Photo of Gregg Gulbrandson from the Racine County Sheriff's Office

Clingman said there is a drug problem between Milwaukee and Chicago that puts places like Caledonia right in the middle. He sees so many drug arrests on Highway 31, he didn't even pay attention to the latest bust.

"I didn't see much. I just went back here and went to work. There are too many drug busts out here and i don't have time to watch them all," said Clingman.

Gulbrandson is facing drug dealing and manufacturing charges. He has not entered a plea in his case yet.