MONROE — A drug bust Tuesday led to the arrest of a Monroe man on charges that he was growing pot and selling it, along with other drugs, out of his house near Twining Park, according to police.
Joshua J. Mueller, 38, was jailed pending an initial court appearance on felony charges of manufacturing and possessing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with intent to deliver. He also faces charges of possessing cocaine, drug paraphernalia and psilocybin, the mind-altering compound in psychedelic mushrooms.
Police obtained a search warrant for Mueller's home at 614 14th Ave. on the city's near west side after an officer arrived at the house Tuesday to interview someone else there for an investigation into a separate matter, according to Chief of Police Fred Kelley.
The officer was "overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana" in the home, Kelley said. "It was pretty unmistakable."
The court authorized the search warrant on the basis of that smell.
Monroe police and agents from the State Line Area Narcotics Team (SLANT) executed the warrant at about 7:30 p.m. SLANT is a collaboration of law enforcement officers from agencies in northern Illinois and south-central Wisconsin.
The search turned up two marijuana plants, one live and one harvested, as well as packaged marijuana, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and items of drug paraphernalia such as growing equipment, scales and smoking devices.
- Katjusa Cisar