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Marijuana growing operation found in Hancock

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.

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.