More than 22 pounds of marijuana was found in a vehicle last week Friday in Green Lake, making it the largest such bust in several years.

   The discovery was made by the Green Lake County Sheriff’s detectives and patrol along with Green Lake Police.

   According to a press release by the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was served on a vehicle located on Hill Street in the city of Green Lake and “found inside of the vehicle was approximately 22 pounds 11 ounces of processed and packaged marijuana.”

   Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Putzke noted in an interview with the Commonwealth, “This is an unusual amount, however not unheard of, but yes, this is a more substantial quantity that we don’t often run into.”

   He went on to explain that it’s been a number of years since the county has discovered this much marijuana in one bust.

   Officers also found “one loaded firearm inside of the vehicle,” Putzke said. “However, the search warrant itself was served in a controlled environment so no officers and no suspects were endangered in this recovery.”

   The press release noted a male subject “associated with the vehicle was subsequently taken into custody and formally charged in Green Lake County Circuit Court.”

   Putzke explained the police “became aware of information leading us ... to this particular individual;” however, since the investigation is still ongoing, he could not say much more than that.

   Currently on cash bond, the suspect remains in custody at the Green Lake County Correctional Center.

   Read a more detailed story in the March 14, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.