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Prescott police seized 43 marijuana plants, about 120 grams of harvested marijuana and growing equipment from a city residence on Tuesday afternoon (Photo submitted).

Prescott police seize major indoor marijuana operation

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What originally was a police call for a parking complaint turned into something more for the Prescott Police Department Tuesday afternoon. 

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An officer went to the residence of 138 Orange Street for a parking complaint on a Nicole Margaret Hoffer, 42. It was discovered Hoffer also had an outstanding warrant from St. Croix County and was taken into custody. While making the arrest, the officer noticed marijuana in the residence.

It was later discovered marijuana was being grown in two closets inside the residence. Police seized 43 marijuana plants, approximately 120 grams of harvested marijuana and grow equipment, including grow lights, potting soil and grow pots. 

Kip Harris Rieder, 40, who also lives at the address was not present at the time of the seizure. He was arrested when he returned to the residence Tuesday evening.

"This was a sophisticated indoor growing operation hidden in two closets. There were grow lights on the plants. It was obvious the plants were being well cared for," said Police Chief Mike R. Bondarenko. "In addition, 120 grams of harvested marijuana seized is a very significant amount."

The seizure was the third felony drug delivery case made by Prescott police in the last 30 days. The two previous cases involved possession of methamphetamines with intent to deliver. 

Hoffer and Reider were taken to the Pierce County Jail in Ellsworth on charges of manufacturing and delivering marijuana. Charges are pending with the Pierce County District Attorney's office.

"Our department's goal is to take illegal drugs off our streets," Bondarenko said. "The message we want to send is we do not tolerate illegal drugs in our city." 

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
(715) 273-4334
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