ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) – Authorities said a 29-year-old man was arrested and about $100,000 worth of marijuana was seized Wednesday from a St. Cloud residence after a search warrant was executed.

Officers with the St. Cloud Metro Gang Strike Force and St. Cloud Drug Unit executed the warrant on the 700 block of Washington Memorial Drive. A search of the residence revealed an active marijuana growing operation including 82 plants in different stages of growth and 70 plants that had been harvested.

Authorities estimated the value of the marijuana at about $100,000. Officers also found Ziploc bags with various amounts of marijuana along with a digital scale. Chad Edward Scheeler, 29, was arrested at the scene and a check of his criminal past included a drug violation and possession of a shotgun.

Scheeler was charged with fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance. Authorities said the case is still under investigation.

Comments (38)
  1. Kevin says:

    There goes my weekend!

  2. SenserWoman says:

    I was supposed to drive the getaway truck ….
    hit something on the way but trust me – didn’t slow me down a bit
    wonder what it was ….. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  3. Ready to roll says:

    No Cheech
    No Chong
    Maybe Amy, with a great big bong !

  4. Our Founding Fathers Grew Hemp says:

    Yup, just keep wasting our tax money instead of earning it. Non-violent people that end up in jail doing more time than murderers. HA! No wonder the authorities and government are NOT respected.

    1. Jake says:

      Yeah, well, back in the ‘olden days’, hemp was used to make things like PAPER and ROPE, not grown in climate-controlled greenhouses and smoked until you couldn’t tell which way was UP. Big difference over the past 200 years or so.

      1. March113 says:

        Nothing worse than people ignorant of a subject giving their opinion. You should live buy these words.
        “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”
        Why don’t you do a little research on the beginnings of the drug laws in this country.
        The first law outright prohibiting the use of a specific drug in the United States was a San Francisco ordinance which banned the smoking of opium in opium dens in 1875. The reason cited was “many women and young girls, as well as young men of respectable family, were being induced to visit the Chinese opium-smoking dens, where they were ruined morally and otherwise.” This was followed by other laws throughout the country, and federal laws which barred Chinese people from trafficking in opium. Though the laws affected the use and distribution of opium by Chinese immigrants, no action was taken against the producers of such products as laudanum, a tincture of opium and alcohol, commonly taken as a panacea by white Americans. The distinction between its use by white Americans and Chinese immigrants was thus based on the form in which it was ingested: Chinese immigrants tended to smoke it, while it was often included in various kinds of generally liquid medicines often (but not exclusively) used by people of European descent. The laws targeted opium smoking, but not other methods of ingestion.[8] As a result of this discrepancy, some modern commentators believe that these laws were possibly racist in origin and intent.

        1. Jake says:

          Absolutely NOTHING RACIST in my comments, or attitude, towards illegal drugs.
          Alcohol is alcolhol, THC is THC, opium is opium, meth is meth, etc. Any person, male or female, of any race, can ingest and get hooked on the stuff, some races have a tendancy to get hooked easier on certain toxins than others, no race is immune from getting hooked on anything as far as I know. The best defense is to never TRY anything, but that is unrealistic, so I digress….. The best defense that I know of is to have a strong family who truly cares, and can discourage such destructive behavior BEFORE an abuse clinic or courtroom is deemed necessary.

          1. jackactionhero says:

            If you don’t want to use them, because of your fear of “getting hooked on the stuff” then don’t. But why do you feel that based on YOUR feelings on it, that EVERYBODY ELSE should share them and feel as you do? Further, why do you feel laws should be enacted based on them? Thanks.

          2. March113 says:

            Jake your comment “some races have a tendancy to get hooked easier on certain toxins than others” I rest my case on now having no doubt. And to the comment of “you just don’t know what could be in that little weed., beside THC” Another Myth.

        2. jean says:

          march 113: looks like the war on drug has cut into some peoples paycheck like smoke’n (Joe’s) Jake is correct. and you just don’t know what could be in that little weed., beside THC… good joofficers

          1. jackactionhero says:

            That isn’t for you to decide for everybody else, jean.

            If you’re afraid of some mysterious other stuff you think is in there (what??) then don’t use it. Isn’t that your decision, just as it’s other people’s to choose TO use it?

            Do you drink?

        3. insignificant says:

          the British made huge $$$ offa the opium trade,eh?…kinda like recent times and our good ol’ CIA(oh,researched one,you don’t know that,huh?)…

      2. jackactionhero says:

        You’ve smoked weed until you couldn’t tell which way was up?

        Seroiusly? I don’t think so.

  5. Jethro says:

    Think of where all that wasted money should go. I say sell it to California,(LA perhaps) and eventually we will have enough for a vikings stadium.

    1. Randy Moss says:

      But if we send all the weed to California how will we attract any Vikings to Minnesota?

      1. Jethro says:

        good point I retract my statement.

  6. Jake says:

    Don’t ‘bogart’ that JOINT.

  7. Feeling faint up North says:

    ‘But ossifer, it’s for medicinal purposes only. Supplying all my sick friends and family.’

  8. j speedbag 64 says:


  9. See BS says:

    Looks like the Police are winning the war on drugs. Good bust!

    1. Jethro says:

      Really? Please tell me you were joking.

    2. jackactionhero says:

      Weed couldn’t possibly be more accessible than it already is.

      Another failed gesture that has caused tax payers millions of dollars in valuable resources. Just think if they were actually looking for Jacob Wetterling or Jody Huisentruit with those resources instead of staking out a stoner.

      Maybe they could be in North Minneapolis stopping violent crime with those resources and surveillance efforts.


      Where are your priorities with law enforcement?

      1. See BS says:

        Marijuana is a gateway drug, and it contributes to the things you say are happening in North Minneapolis.

        Marijuana turns people into Lazy Communists.

        1. Heathen says:

          If pot were decriminalized and available at Walgreen’s do you really thing the thugs would still be in business? If it was readily available and the risk of selling it was removed the cost would go down taking the incentives out of it for the real criminals. I’ve known many people who smoke\have smoked weed and oddly enough none of them are lazy communists…

  10. Jake says:

    That ‘roach’ was a bug in my cigarette pack, not a …….

    1. Mike says:

      Jake, are you honestly saying you never tried it? If you didn’t, how can you make such inane, ignorant comments about something that over 100 million people in the world use on a daily basis and never suffer any consequences outside draconian laws put into place by interests involving pharmaceutical and various other corporate monopolistic driven enterprise?

  11. Richard Cheese says:

    The problem here is the person wasn’t growing for personal use. It was a business. The guy was probably out of work. Now he will have a job & a place to live. It will cost the tax payer a lot of money. It’s a sad deal for everyone. I say we decrimminalize it & collect the taxes on it. It is truely the lesser of two evils as far as booze & weed are concerned. Just sayin…

  12. Yeah!! says:

    I’ll drink to that

  13. HUH? says:

    “Chad Edward Scheeler, 29, was arrested at the scene and a check of his criminal past included a drug violation and possession of a shotgun.”

    ORLY? Possession of a shotgun is a ‘crime’? Drug violation? Tell us CBS where is this history of ‘criminal past’ to be researched?

    Hint: Ive known the guy and his family for around 15 years. The shotgun is nothing more than a nice little Winchester ranger bird gun with a modified choke last time I inspected it. And I have never once heard Chad say anything positive about anyone who uses hard drugs also have not seen him use or sell them, and this is not something he would hide from me if it were not true.

  14. Heathen says:

    I had to wonder about the whole criminal possession of a shotgun as well… Sounds bogus if you ask me.

  15. funny says:

    weeds a joke….kinda like the dummies who smoke it I guess.
    I say why smoke it – eat it til ya die. I’ll shovel it in for you

    1. jackactionhero says:

      You don’t mind people getting hammered on booze and destroying the lives of innocent people every single day, but god forbid someone smoke a J in their own house, right?

      Look up “hypocrite” in the dictionary.

  16. ted says:

    “Once a rapist, or murderer, or bank robber is captured and taken out of circulation, no one competes to replace the murderer or rapist or robber. The commitment of crime has been halted.

    But in the drug markets, where forty million Americans are active consumers in the illegal drug market, when one dealer or manufacturer or grower is taken out of the market by imprisonment, dozens of their customers are now looking for a new supplier. The removal of one or several suppliers creates an opportunity for others to profit. Thus we see turf wars, gang disputes, or, if there is no overt violence, new persons entering the marketplace to feed the insatiable appetite of Americans for these illegal but in-demand substances.

    In this way, prohibition manufactures crime by making criminals out of people who wouldn’t be dealing in drugs unless these substances were prohibited from distribution in tradition retail methods.”

  17. Tom says:

    Mean while… business at the crack house next door continued unabated!!!

    1. hmmmm says:

      Yeah, all i’ve been hearing about lately are pot busts.. who cares!?!? I want to hear about the “hard” drugs that are actually dangerous to people taken off the street

  18. boonie78 says:

    They will throw the book at this young man. But mean while…In St Paul…A couple get nothing for beating the life out of a 2 y/o. Numerous bruises and 1.5 liters of blood in his abdomen were not enough to convince a jury these people are dangerous…very dangerous. But smoking pot of course is somehow more serious.

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