Drug unit and deputies find indoor marijuana growing operation in Salem

Johnnie Lunetta /Kenosha County Sheriff's Department photo

A Salem man faces charges after sheriff’s deputies and The Kenosha Drug Operations Group discovered marijuana plants and related equipment in his Salem home over the weekend.

From a statement released today by Sgt. Bill Beth, Sheriff’s Department spokesman:

On Saturday, KDOG was requested to assist Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department patrol deputies with an indoor marijuana grow operation that had been discovered at 23517 126th Place, Salem. While patrol deputies were investigating a report of a naked female at a 23500 block of 126th Place address, they learned that she had been at the 23517 126th Place location, the home of Johnnie L. Lunetta, 48. Lunetta allowed deputies to conduct a protective sweep of the residence in search of the woman. During this sweep, deputies located a small marijuana grow in an upstairs closet and a larger marijuana grow in a first floor bedroom. A search warrant was obtained and executed by KDOG. Items seized included: 38 marijuana plants, four firearms ( two shotguns, one rifle, one handgun), grow equipment, scales and packaging materials. The potential value of the marijuana is estimated at approximately $38000. Lunetta is currently being held at the jail on a charge of Manufacturing THC with a $5000 cash bond.

“This was a great job by our patrol deputies paying attention to more than just what they are called to do,” said Sheriff David Beth. “KDOG continues to impress me with their decisiveness and quick action to take drug dealers out of our neighborhoods.”

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