Racine Correctional Institution sergeant charged for marijuana grow in home

2014-01-21T19:59:00Z 2014-01-22T14:55:32Z Racine Correctional Institution sergeant charged for marijuana grow in homeKRISTEN ZAMBO kristen.zambo@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE — Racine County prosecutors on Tuesday charged a Racine Correctional Institution sergeant with drug offenses after police reportedly found two rooms in his home devoted to growing marijuana.

Christopher A. Hall, 42, of Racine, was charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place, manufacturing between 2,500 grams and 10,000 grams of marijuana and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, according to his criminal complaint. He was arrested Friday after members of the Racine Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant at his home that day. Inside, they allegedly found more than nine marijuana plants, 816.4 grams of marijuana plant stalks and leaves in drying trays, and a container of 41.9 grams of pot — labeled “me first.”

Police also found 108.8 grams of marijuana inside glass jars, 12 pot cigarettes weighing 7.2 grams and another 30 grams of pot was found in a basement storage closet, the complaint stated. A plastic container bore another 27.7 grams and seeds also reportedly were found in the home. Officers found sifters, grinders, separators, packaging material and a scale that could accommodate weights of more than 7,000 grams, according to the complaint.

“This is a very large scale and sophisticated drug operation, involving a significant amount of marijuana and a significant variety of drug paraphernalia,” Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Sommers said during his initial appearance in court Tuesday.

She asked for a $25,000 cash bond for Hall. Assistant State Public Defender Katie Gutowski countered that Hall has no prior criminal record and is a lifelong Racine County resident.

Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set his bond at $10,000 cash. His preliminary hearing is Jan. 29.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joy Staab said Hall began working for the department on July 6, 1998, and has worked as a corrections sergeant since May 2004. Hall’s annual salary is $46,157.

Staab said she couldn’t comment on whether Hall remains employed with the department, is on administrative leave or has been suspended because of these charges.

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(19) Comments

  1. thinkdontfollow
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    thinkdontfollow - January 27, 2014 9:09 pm
    Jay walking is a crime and writing tickets for it prevents physical harm, even death in some instances.
    The only reason they enforce this is to fill the coffers. They MAKE money from these busts plain and simple. Seize everything possible, leave him and his family without anything because they want to auction his stuff. Bass ackwards laws are just that.
    Hearing, "It's the law!", is just getting old
  2. wat'sReal
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    wat'sReal - January 22, 2014 10:21 pm
    Many of you voted for and praise Scott Walker, so stop all the crying about Wisconsin's drug laws!!! He's no better than a crack or heroin dealer!!!
  3. A Jelly Doughnut
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    A Jelly Doughnut - January 22, 2014 8:48 pm
    That's a stretch but whatever allows you to sleep at night
  4. U S Army Vet
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    U S Army Vet - January 22, 2014 10:02 am
    Jelly Nuts....look at a dictionary for the definition of "cop", there are several. Webster defines "cop" in many ways, one of which is "One that regulates certain behaviors or actions".
    Therefor Gonga Boy is in fact a "cop" but not a Policeman.
  5. Immortal3333
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    Immortal3333 - January 22, 2014 9:51 am
    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, almost there

    20 years behind us Wisconsin...nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody....centuries of practice...even if the people voted for marijuana the republiCANTS that run the south would deny all of your freedoms...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country now....what's that? wisconsin is not in the south? fooled me.....cali runs this planet by 2 decades, love and freedom forever

    MARIJUANA SUPER BOWL 2014, free state vs. free state, destiny

    AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33
  6. ordmm
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    ordmm - January 22, 2014 9:28 am
    Silencio...Maybe he should have moved to Colorado. Maybe Cory Mason could introduce a bill legalizing pot instead of a spending his time on the minimum wage. As far as the RCI Sgt goes, he decided to ignore the law, right or wrong. His decision, his problem.
  7. Silencio
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    Silencio - January 22, 2014 8:08 am
    Theyd call this man a "caregiver" in MN, MI and IL. WI has a problem.
  8. Silencio
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    Silencio - January 22, 2014 8:06 am
    Segregation was a law too. Glad we're all "above" that law. He is doing what other americans are doing legally. 9 plants, when colorados own medical limits were 12, and now its recreational. No, hes not above the law, the law is below human decency, and too many people have been ruined by the law of man, not gods plant. Shame on the police and the judicial system. This man got the same bail amount as a man who stabbed someone. Are we all insane? Or is it just the politically corrupted system we decided to have reign over us.
  9. ordmm
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    ordmm - January 22, 2014 7:37 am
    "The decriminalization of marijuana is well overdue" Maybe, but then what would people like Hall do for a job? Someone's got to babysit the dopers in prison.
  10. us citizen
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    us citizen - January 22, 2014 6:46 am
    How does $46,157 annual salary make someone eligible for a public defender?? Oh nevermind already getting paid by the state may as well get the full benefit package and include the "FREE" attorney!
  11. layedback
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    layedback - January 22, 2014 6:42 am
    Ok you guys...cut it out... it's illegal. So he got caught. He thought he was above the law obviously.
  12. Queen
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    Queen - January 22, 2014 6:26 am
    How do you figure?
    $500 bail and probation, isn't that the standard in Racine?
    Oh wait, that's only for violent criminals. They'll probably throw the book at him.
  13. Crazyoldman
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    Crazyoldman - January 22, 2014 6:03 am
    He will be another waste of tax dollar money. Time to follow suit with the rest of the world.
  14. A Jelly Doughnut
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    A Jelly Doughnut - January 22, 2014 2:13 am
    A prison guard is not a cop.
  15. polaris
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    polaris - January 21, 2014 10:35 pm
    Go get some real criminals
  16. ordmm
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    ordmm - January 21, 2014 10:25 pm
    Wondering if he had a whole bunch of happy inmates in his charge.
  17. U S Army Vet
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    U S Army Vet - January 21, 2014 8:48 pm
    ....also....at $46,157 he HAS to grow his own, with wages like that who can go out and buy the stuff anyway?
  18. U S Army Vet
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    U S Army Vet - January 21, 2014 8:45 pm
    They say that cops have the best pot.
  19. mshappygolunchy
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    mshappygolunchy - January 21, 2014 8:20 pm
    What a shame. The decriminalization of marijuana is well overdue. I know we will get there I just hope it doesn't take tooo long.
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