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Littering complaint leads to discovery of marijuana grow operation in tiny Northern Iowa town

SCHALLER, IOWA: Law enforcement used a litter complaint to visit a house in this small Northern Iowa town and discovered an 80-plant marijuana grow operation and a man cheating his grandpa.

On March 30, 2017 at approximately 8:00 PM, the Sac County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 509 Perth Street in Schaller, Iowa. The warrant was issued after a deputy sheriff investigating a littering complaint went to the residence. While knocking on the door, the deputy could smell an odor of what he believed was marijuana coming from inside the home.

When deputies served the warrant, they located a marijuana grow operation in the basement. Sheriff’s officials found an estimated 80 marijuana plants in various stages of growth along with grow lamps, watering pumps, potting soil and fertilizer.

34-year-old Keegan Abraham Cross was arrested and charged with allegedly manufacturing marijuana and exploitation of a dependent adult. Deputies found where Cross was financially exploiting his dependent elderly grandfather by using his grandfather’s credit card to purchase supplies for his grow operation. Cross is in to the Sac County Jail on $30,000.00 bond.

Also arrested was Cross’s mother 58-year-old Glenda Turnquist. Turnquist is alleged to have conspired with Cross to manufacture marijuana. Possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges were also filed against her. She was booked in to the Sac County jail on $26,300.00 bond.

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