Pot plants lead to felony charges
Ross D. Wetzel, 28, Waupaca, faces felony and misdemeanor drug charges after police reported finding marijuana plants in his home.
On Aug. 24, 2010, Waupaca Police Officer Diana Flatoff was dispatched to a home on Elm Street to assist an agent with child protective services. When she entered the home, Flatoff saw three adults and three children in the living room. Wetzel was in the kitchen, washing dishes.
According to the criminal complaint, one of the children began talking about there being marijuana plants in the house. Police reported finding three plants, including one that was 19 inches tall. Wetzel told police that the plants belonged to a friend.
He faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison if convicted on the felony charge of the manufacture of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. He has also been charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of marijuana.