Woman charged in Clintonville marijuana, THC vape bust

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CLINTONVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE 10/31:

Brooke Schweitzer. Photo: Waupaca County Jail

Criminal charges have been filed against a woman arrested in connection to an alleged THC vaping operation in Clintonville.

Brooke L. Schweitzer, 19, is charged in Waupaca County with the following counts:

MANUFACTURE/DELIVER THC (Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance on or near a Park)

MAINTAIN A DRUG TRAFFICKING PLACE

POSSESSION OF THC

POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

As Action 2 News first alerted you on Oct. 30, Clintonville Police executed a search warrant at Schweitzer's home at 58 E. 12th St. Police used a battering ram to break down the front door.

Officers entered the home and found Brooke Schweitzer alone. A criminal complaint details what else officers found during the search.

Police swept the home and found what they called a "marijuana grow operation." They found harvested mature plants in the basement and dried marijuana leaves around the home. They found two "homemade marijuana greenhouses, appearing to be fully operational," according to a criminal complaint. The greenhouses had ventilation, humidifiers and UV lights attached to them.

The search of the home continued. Officers found what they described as a "marijuana wax production site" in a bedroom.

In another bedroom, police found drug paraphernalia and a bag of marijuana.

In an upstairs bathroom, officers found suspected marijuana near the toilet and marijuana inside the toilet--"which appeared to have been attempted to be flushed."

In the kitchen, officers found plant fertilizer used for marijuana.

In a second bathroom, police found garbage bags on the floor covered in marijuana leaves. A dehumidifier was being used to dry the leaves, according to the complaint.

In a southwest bedroom, officers found a package of empty vape cartridges.

The criminal complaint states Schweitzer told police that she used marijuana, but was not involved in the operation. She told police the upstairs room was used to make marijuana wax and THC vape cartridges.

Schweitzer is scheduled to appear in Waupaca County Court Thursday afternoon.

Liquid THC vaping has been linked to an outbreak of lung disease in the United States, according to federal health officials.

"The latest national and state findings suggest vaping products containing THC, particularly obtained off the street or from other informal sources, are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak," says Clintonville Police Chief Craig A. Freitag.

Vaping-related illnesses have been confirmed in these Wisconsin counties: Adams, Brown, Dane, Dodge, Door, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Marathon, Milwaukee, Monroe, Outagamie, Pierce, Portage, Racine, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, and Winnebago.

CLICK HERE for a guide to vaping-related illnesses.

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INITIAL REPORT

A 19-year-old Clintonville woman was arrested after officers uncovered an alleged marijuana vaping operation.

On Oct. 30, Clintonville Police executed a search warrant at a home on East 12th St. Officers located a marijuana grow and a set-up to make marijuana wax, according to police.

Officers also discovered "numerous unused vape cartridges and vape cartridges that appeared to be manufactured in the residence by filling them with liquid THC concentrate," police say.

THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. Liquid THC vaping has been linked to an outbreak of lung disease in the United States, according to federal health officials.

Officers seized these items from the East 12th St. home:

--Marijuana plants
--Marijuana
--Marijuana wax
--Vape cartridges containing liquid THC concentrate
--Drug paraphernalia

A 19-year-old Clintonville woman was arrested at the home. She was booked into the Waupaca County Jail on these charges:

--Possession of THC with the Intent to Distribute within 1000 feet of a park
--Maintain a Drug Trafficking Place
--Possession of THC within 1000 feet of a park
--Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
--Manufacture or Delivery of Paraphernalia

Clintonville Police say the investigation continues and more arrests are expected.

The 19-year-old woman's name was not released.

Action 2 News has been following the vaping-related illness outbreak for months. There have been 34 deaths linked to vaping in the United States. THC has been present in most of the samples tested by the FDA.

"The latest national and state findings suggest vaping products containing THC, particularly obtained off the street or from other informal sources, are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak," says Clintonville Police Chief Craig A. Freitag.

Vaping-related illnesses have been confirmed in these Wisconsin counties: Adams, Brown, Dane, Dodge, Door, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Marathon, Milwaukee, Monroe, Outagamie, Pierce, Portage, Racine, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, and Winnebago.

CLICK HERE for a guide to vaping-related illnesses.



 
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