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.