ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies are asking the Wisconsin Department of Justice to reimburse them for overtime costs from a pot plantation raid near Clam Lake.

An estimated 10,000 marijuana plants worth about $1 million were growing on a pot plantation in the Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin’s Ashland County. Twenty-two law enforcement agencies took part in the 10-month investigation and Aug. 10 raid.

Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan tells Wisconsin Public Radio his office ran up 105 hours of overtime, costing about $9,000.

Brennan says an investigation of that size is “something that you can’t budget for.”

A federal Drug Enforcement Agency program called the Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program funnels money through the state Department of Justice to reimburse local agencies.

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Comments (8)
  1. Overthere says:

    Ashland, your cops are overpaid

  2. tom says:

    hmmmm cost of OT $9000, to get rid of 1,000,000 dollars . sounds like good math to me. Just think if the goverment would see the economic boost this would give our economy. THINK ABOUT IT!!!!! That doesn’t include the tax base it would provide or the jobs. Remember Pot doesn’t only need to get you high, The jobs and industry it would create.

    1. Real Talk says:

      Exactly…it is so ludacris and ridiculous ONLY the government could figure out a way to spend 9K to get rid of 1M.

      Counter-intuative, illogical, unnecessary and a WASTE of money…literally.

      But hey…you TWENTY-TWO law enforcement agencies are saving lives out there with this bust. Give yourselfs a hardy pat on the back.

  3. Jim says:

    What a total waste of time and money. When will the slack jawed idiots in Minnesota and Wisconsin follow the lead of their big brothers and sisters on the West Coast Oregon and Washington State and make marijuana possession the lowest possible criminal offense, less than traffic tickets in Seattle. You people look like stupid neanderthals! The drug war is a complete and total failure. Despite it’s best intentions, the road to hell is paved with good intentions!. Wake up, stop wasting blood and treasure on a useless meaningless drug war!

    1. What Next? says:

      Then please move to West Coast Oregon and Washington State and/or Seattle…PLEASE!

      1. Norml says:

        so far, all of the posts are not on your side “What Next?”…

        give it up already, this “war” isn’t working.


  4. gray says:

    $9,000 in munchies?

  5. andy says:


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