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Marijuana growing operation found in Hancock

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On the evening of Jan. 8, 2011, the Hancock Police Department was dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the city of Hancock. While investigating this disturbance, and large indoor marijuana growing operation was discovered in the basement of the residence. A search warrant was executed and numerous marijuana plants and a large quantity of processed marijuana were seized. Also seized were florescent grow lights, plant fertilizer, potting soil, packaging material and other drug paraphernalia. A large quantity of cash was also seized. The total weight of the marijuana seized was estimated at over 14 pounds (6 kilos) with a street value estimated at between $75-$100,000. Also assisting in the investigation was the Stevens County Sherriff's Department.

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Arrested at the scene was Chad William Goldenstein, age 28, from Hancock. Goldenstein was charged Tuesday with fifth degree possession of not a small amount of marijuana, interfering with a 911 call and intentionally inflicts/attempt to inflict bodily harm on another.

The maximum penalty for the 5th degree possession charge is $10,000 and or 5 years in prison. The comminic Interfere penalty is $3,000 fine and or 1 year in jail and the misdemeanor count of inflicting bodily harm carries a $1,000 fine and or 90 days in jail.

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