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Apartment fire uncovers marijuana-growing operation

A marijuana plant growing operation (photo courtesy Van Buren Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
A marijuana plant growing operation (photo courtesy Van Buren Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

LA CROSSE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A La Crosse couple was charged with manufacturing marijuana, after a fire in their apartment uncovered faulty wiring from their alleged pot-growing operation.  

Michael Sloan and Melissa Sader, both 33, are free on signature bonds.  They're due back in court tomorrow on their felony drug charges. 

The fire took place September 16th.  Investigators later executed a search warrant.  Police said they found two dozen marijuana plants and growing equipment set up in two locations of the apartment. 

The couple's eight-year-old daughter escaped the fire safely.   

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