A Raymond man who operated what police called the largest marijuana bust in southeastern Wisconsin, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of possession with intent to sell marijuana in a Racine County Court.
He was arrested in October after police found more than nine tons of pot on his property.
Jacalyn LaBre, the prosecuting attorney, recommended that John Gay be sentenced to seven years in prison with extended supervision. Gay's attorney may argue a lesser sentence at the sentence hearing on Nov. 1. Judge Wayne Marik has ordered a pre-sentence investigation before he makes a final decision on sentencing Gay.
The initial charge carried a modifier with the use of a dangerous weapon, but the modifier was dropped. Gay had also been charged with a felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and a felony count of manufacturing marijuana. However, both of those charges were dismissed, but were read in.
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 the Town of Raymond in October, according to 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.