La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) - Fire investigators say faulty wiring from an illegal marijuana growing operation led to a fire which led to the arrest of the couple that lived in the apartment.
According to the criminal complaints for Michael Sloan and Melissa Sader, on September 16, police were called to a fire investigation at 720 Main Street in La Crosse. Fire crews told police about a fire that broke out in one of the apartments that morning. Inside officials found two marijuana growing operations-one in a closet, the other under a coffee table. Both were lined with grow lights and a ventilation system.
Police tested one of the 24 plants removed from the apartment, and it tested positive for THC.
Police then arrested Sloan and Sader.
On Friday, September 27, both were formally charged with manufacturing and delivering pot.
According to the criminal complaint, Sader denied involvement in the growing operation. She told police she had no idea what was going on inside the bedroom that she said Sloan kept locked.
The pair are due back in court in October.
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