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Police seize $19,000 of marijuana in Racine


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Police seize $19,000 of marijuana in Racine

By Yona Gavino. CREATED Mar 18, 2014

RACINE - For the second week in a row, there’s a massive drug bust in Racine.

The latest catch is $19,000 worth of marijuana wrapped up in layers of plastic.

Many of the drug runners take I-94 from Illinois into Milwaukee. The Racine County Sheriff says it has always been a drug distribution pipeline.

Deputies found the marijuana less than a week after another big drug bust. That time, they found heroin worth more than $30,000.

“There is a heroin epidemic,” says Sheriff Christopher Schmaling. “There is a drug problem in the state of Wisconsin, and more specifically, more locally, in Racine County.”

The sheriff isn't surprised by this latest drug bust.

“This is just a sign of our times that we’re experiencing right now. This is also a sign of our proactive efforts in Racine County,” says Schmaling.

The pot was wrapped in fabric softener and at least seven layers of plastic wrap. That didn’t fool K-9 Nitro.

“They can detect the finest, smallest, minute amount of odor and alert on that,” says Deputy Troy Ruffalo.

“This is another example of our deputies doing exactly what they’re trained to do – and that is to look beyond the stop,” adds Sheriff Schmaling.

The drugs are often found when deputies pull someone over for a traffic violation. In this case, the man was speeding and acting suspicious.

Yona Gavino

Yona Gavino

Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.