Wis. teacher charged in pot growing operation

7:11 AM, Nov 11, 2013   |    comments
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RHINELANDER, Wis. - A teacher at Rhinelander High School is due in court this week on charges of growing dozens of marijuana plants at his home.

A WSAW-TV report says 35-year-old Joshua Juergens is due to make an initial appearance Thursday. Charges include possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing or delivering marijuana.

The Rhinelander School District says Juergens will remain on paid leave until the investigation is over.

Juergens appeared in court Friday without an attorney. A judge set his next court date for Thursday to give him time to find a lawyer. Juergens' bond was set at $1,500 cash.

Prosecutors say investigators found about 60 marijuana plants in a hidden room in Juergens' basement. A detective says the operation was sophisticated, including an exhaust system, fertilizers and a motorized trolley system.

 

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