Goodman Father, Son Cited In Marijuana Bust
Patrick Lee Franklin, 55, and his son, Taylor Garret Franklin, 22, N19434 County Line Road, Goodman, have been arrested on arrested on felony charges of manufacture with intent to deliver over 10,000 grams of marijuana and for maintaining a drug trafficking place as party to a crime.
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve they were arrested as the result of the execution of a search warrant at the residence on May 31. It was executed along with the Marinette Police Department and State Department of Justice agents.
Found were 279 marijuana plants, about $19,000 in currency, firearms and seized were two vehicles. The 279 plants were ready to be planted into a forest.
The father and son are scheduled to have an adjourned initial appearance at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, before Marinette County Circuit Court Judge David Miron. Both had an initial appearance while in custody on Monday, June 10, when cash bond was set at $2,500 each.
The father, Patrick, also faces three civil actions by the Northeast Tri County Drug Enforcement Group. They seek ownership of the $907 found at the residence, a 1996 Chevrolet S-10 and a 2003 Ford Taurus. No court dates have been scheduled in the civil cases.
If the pair are convicted of the felony marijuana charge they could be fined not more than $50,000 or imprisoned for not more than 15 years or both. If convicted of maintaining a drug trafficking place they could be finednot more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than three years and six months or both. The court could also suspend their motor vehicle privileges for not less than six months nor more than five years.
According to the complaint, investigation of father and son began in July of 2008 when former Deputy Rick Berlin received information that the pair had been observed carrying out big bags during nighttime hours.
On Oct. 15, 2009, Marinette County Crime Stoppers received a tip that the pair were selling drugs and hauling backpacks covered in plastic from the Franklin residence.
On Aug. 8, 2012 the sheriff department received a report from the Forest County Sheriff Department of suspicious activity at the Franklin residence. Various items were transported from the house to a van that had been seen in a heavily forested area of Forest County,
On April 18, 2013, Lt. Barry Degnitz of the Marinette County Sheriff Department interviewed two persons who had tipped off authorities on incidents at the Franklin residence. The Franklins had been observed wearing camouflage clothing and carrying water pumps, hoses, fertilizer and big bags to their van. The van had been seen in wooded areas of Forest County, particularly south of Armstrong Creek where a lot land is owned by the state. The area also had water sources from Armstrong Creek and Revolver Lake.
The tipsters also reported windows of the Franklin residence were covered with dark material and door and windows were open during the winter months. Also strange odors came from the residence and that the Franklins had installed cameras around their residence.
According to the complaint, the father, was interviewed at the Marinette County Jail. He is reported to informed investigators that all of the marijuana was for medical use to relieve pain and anxiety. Also his only source of income was $18,000 a year from Marinette County Health and Human Services for taking care of his disabled brother.
In a news release Tuesday, June 10, Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve he was alerting the public to watch for illegal marijuana growing operations as they are recreating in county forests and fields this summer and fall. Also anyone with information of illegal drug activity is asked to contact the sheriffs office at 715-732-7626 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-427-5857 or www.tipsubmit.com or test Marinette plus your message to 274637 (Crimes).
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