Dump Trucks Filled With Pot Lead to 6 Years in Prison

A Franksville man was busted by authorities after the Greenfield Police Department acted on a tip from another case last fall.

Updated 1:45 p.m. Nov. 2

A Franksville man found out this week a couple of dump trucks filled with marijuana not only carries a $7.2 million value on the street, but it is also worth a lengthy prison term as well.

John Gay, who plead guilty to one count of possession with intent to sell marijuana in July, was sentenced to 6 years in prison with an additional 3 years of extended supervision in Racine County Court this week, one year after police found more than nine tons of pot on his property.

Last fall, acting on a tip from a related case at the Greenfield Police Department, investigators obtained a warrant to search a property located at 2743 76th St. in Franksville, according to Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt.

There they found 1,850 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $7.2 million, as well as $120,000 in cash, firearms and financial records.

Editor's note: A previous version of the story had Gay's residence in the wrong municipality.

YAMATO November 02, 2012 at 09:19 PM
county could have sold that to california's medical program and offset county costs for years
Mafia Mike November 03, 2012 at 07:16 AM
When these idiots weigh the loads, they weigh the roots, dirt and everything that is usually tossed in the trash. What they claim as nine tons is actually about a half ton.
FlyingTooLow November 03, 2012 at 04:18 PM
This is pathetic. Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crimes... to those that are REAL crimes. I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense. While I was there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months. After 3 years 'behind the wall,' I pointed this out to the parole board. Their response: “You must understand, yours was a very serious offense.” How do you respond to that mentality? I laughed about the parole panel's comment for 2 more years (as I still sat in prison), then wrote my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank No, it is not a treatise on disproportionate sentences. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans pursuing happiness in our own way. Harming no one...nor their property. That’s my contribution to helping point out just how ludicrous our pot laws truly are. I would be honored by your review. (Remember: Prosecutors can indict, but only jurors can convict.)
FlyingTooLow November 03, 2012 at 04:18 PM
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Here is one of its reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars... If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.
Str8shooter November 03, 2012 at 07:08 PM
A man 100 yards from an elementary school where kids are playing and learning while he has people coming and going daily participating in illegal drug activity while armed with numerous guns for the drug aspect needs to do prison time. He grew the marijuana on someone else's property to try and escape detection. I work hard to pay my bills and support my family so anyone who sells millions of dollars worth of marijuana and is doing enough to pay dozens of employees should go to prison. Lets ignore the guns, trespassing, and drugs for a sec. Just the prison time he can get from the IRS for not paying taxes for the earnings will get him years in prison. I'm open minded to marijuana POSSIBLY being legal but it ISN'T. It is illegal. Fight to change the law. We're not talking personal use dime bags. We're talking dump trucks full of weed next to a school and he is making enough illegal money that he has over $100k in cash just sitting in a field. Doesn't seem fair to those of us who are contributing members to society and obey laws.
Str8shooter November 03, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I however do agree that sentences for some crimes do not reasonably compare to others.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Note what else is at stake this election. It is civil liberties. If you want real justice for the war on drugs to end, vote for Gary Johnson, Libertarian, and tell all your friends to vote for him also. Both Obama and Romney are unfit for the office of the Presidency. "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Cassie Burckhardt November 05, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Why would you carry pot in a dump truck anyway? You know you're going to get caught either way. Those people must've been high themselves.


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