Man accused of manufacturing, trafficking drugs

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HAYWARD, Wis. (WEAU) -- A Stoddard man is accused of keeping a drug manufacturing and trafficking operation in Sawyer County.

On Friday, investigators caught Steven Miller, 56, in Vernon County. The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office says deputies learned about drug trafficking that involved local high school students. Investigators ended up serving search warrants at properties Miller owns in Hayward and in Stoddard. They found a sophisticated marijuana grow operation with almost 70 plants at the Hayward home. In Stoddard, they found processed pot, guns, and cash.

Criminal charges had not been filed in the case as of Monday morning. Deputies say at least two other counties in Wisconsin are linked to the case, and that they may end up making more arrests.
Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Stoddard man Friday morning following the discovery of a marijuana manufacturing and trafficking operation. The man was arrested in Vernon County.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office had received information related to drug trafficking involving local high school students and had been pursuing various leads. Their investigation led to a house in Hayward, Wisconsin owned by 56 year old Steven Miller of Stoddard.

A joint investigation was conducted involving Investigators and Agents from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, The Division of Criminal Investigation and the West Central MEG Unit.

Simultaneous search warrants were executed at properties owned by Miller in Hayward and Stoddard. At the Hayward home, Investigators discovered a sophisticated indoor hydroponic marijuana grow site with approximately 67 plants in various stages of growth. At the Stoddard site, Investigators discovered processed marijuana, along with guns and cash.

This is an ongoing case as Investigators continue to pursue leads developed during Friday’s searches. At least two more Wisconsin counties have been linked to this case. More arrests may be forthcoming.

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