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Clear Lake police conduct “comprehensive narcotics investigation” and arrest two alleged marijuana growers


This news story was published on December 28, 2017.
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CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake police conducted a “comprehensive narcotics investigation” that led to the arrest of two alleged marijuana growers.

Clear Lake police tell NIT that on December 18, 2017, Clear Lake Police Investigators arrested James L. Thornton, age 69, and Penny S Frenz, age 56, both from Clear Lake, on drug charges. Thornton and Frenz were charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Drug Tax Stamp, Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All the charges are a Class D Felony, except the drug paraphernalia charge which is a Simple Misdemeanor.

The arrests stem from a comprehensive narcotics investigation into a possible marijuana grow operation in the 700 block of North 5th Place. Officers and investigators executed a search warrant at a residence and located items consistent with the growing and manufacturing of marijuana. More than 300 grams of marijuana ready for consumption was also found inside the home.

The investigation involved the coordinated efforts of the North Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office.

Both Frenz and Thornton appear to be out of the county jail at this time.

Frenz, Penny Sue

THORNTON, JAMES LINDEN

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34 Responses to Clear Lake police conduct “comprehensive narcotics investigation” and arrest two alleged marijuana growers

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Got the money to support the millions of illegals in the US and to hell with our SS (poor folk) system. All liberal demorats and should be exported/deported .

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      bodacious Reply Report comment

      December 30, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      How you going to feel when those conservative Republicans vote to cut back on Social Security and Medicare to make up for their not so big tax cut?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2017 at 11:36 am

    This is like the 2% SS raise I will get in 2018 – get around 1000 per month x 2% = 20.00 right -NOPE ! because my Part B medical premium also went up 19.40 – Yea thats right ! .02 cent per day raise =60 cents per month = 1 US postage stamp and 2 empty coke cans – this raise is also empty like the coke cans and has been for 10 years – I really get angry when I see these public servants asking every year for cost of living increases which amount to 1000 to 5000 per year depending on their job and when they retire with 80% even after 5 years they have It all down pat and the private citizen who pays for it gets it in the shorts.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2017 at 9:22 am

    When the deep state can 100% completely get its share of the profit -kickback – so that the users growers sellers make only 50% of the profit it WILL become legal just like the deadly big pharma more than often deadly vaccinations REQUIRED by law – Then again -breathing toxic fumes ? Guess you have never looked up in the sky to see the chemtrails of deadly carbon black -barium -aluminum being dumped on your skull everyday — You people still live in the basement – want some fumes ? Go to any casino and load up – only place where it legal to breath second hand smoke ? Give me a fkn break on your (its bad for your health liberal crap) .

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      bodacious Reply Report comment

      December 30, 2017 at 10:11 am

      “It’s bad for your health liberal crap” Hate to inform you but it isn’t the liberals who are trying to keep this substance illegal. Look at the Justice Department. Jeffy Sessions thinks marijuana is as bad as heroin. Just ask him.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2017 at 8:07 am

    OOh look, the chickeshit people who don’t blong here are back. You might know a family like that would be law breakers.. I think I will turn them in to my friend the sheriff and see what a investigation will show.

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    Tom Reply Report comment

    December 29, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I mean, look at poor Penny Frenz up above. Doesn’t she look like a bank president or a firefighter?

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    Tom Reply Report comment

    December 29, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Just take a look at the people getting busted for Mary Jane and that will tell you all you need to know about what a harmless drug it is. They could all be stars if they did a sequel to “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” It is bad enough having to walk around town and have cigarette smoke blowing in your face…..I can’t imagine having to have to put up with pot smoke being blown around and burnouts that can openly come out from under their rocks and do it all over town out in the open.

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      Dean Reply Report comment

      December 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Tom, quick question. Is it legal to walk around town to consume alcohol? Is it legal to drive around town and consume alcohol?

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      Dean Reply Report comment

      December 30, 2017 at 7:37 am

      So according to your logic the only people that use alcohol are the ones we see getting arrested for being drunk in public and driving while intoxicated… Correct?
      There is nobody out there that consumes alcohol responsibly… Correct?

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    Chad Kroeger Reply Report comment

    December 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    It’s damn nonsense that the shit is still illegal on a federal level.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 29, 2017 at 4:53 am

    In all likelihood, their pot-growing operation would be perfectly legal in a year or two. I am not a pot smoker, but I just don’t think these folks belong in jail for this.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 29, 2017 at 7:12 am

      You can say what you want but that will not change the fact that it is illegal. If you use it and get caught you will be punished. Don’t like that? Change the law. Until then try obeying the law.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 30, 2017 at 5:31 am

        And, whatever YOU say, it won’t change the fact that there are varying degrees of guilt, and not all crimes merit jail time…Get it??

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          December 30, 2017 at 8:12 am

          And, whatever you say won’t change the fact that if you use the shit (And ruin your health) and get caught you WILL go to jail in Iowa. Not to mention it will make it very difficult to get a decent job or even health insurance. Don’t forget your chance of owning a firearm or hunting will also be gone. So, let your conscience be you guide.

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            Anonymous

            December 31, 2017 at 6:52 am

            Clearly, you’re the one who is not guided by conscience. You are the mistress of virtue-signaling, pretending to stand up for law and order, when what you really want is to impose your misguided beliefs on others.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 29, 2017 at 8:50 am

      This is real simple for anyone but a liberal. Pot is illegal. For you simpletons that means it is against the law. If you don’t want to be arrested don’t grow or use pot. If you don’t like that change the law.

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        Dean Reply Report comment

        December 29, 2017 at 11:38 am

        Believe me we would love to change the law, problem is we still have old uneducated right wingers like you out there that think Meth & Pot are the same thing.

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          Straight as a carbon arrow Reply Report comment

          December 29, 2017 at 11:41 am

          Agreed!

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          December 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm

          You are a classic example of a pot user , Brain Dead!

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            Caitlyn

            December 29, 2017 at 3:43 pm

            Better brain dead then an underachieving Ho-Mo.

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            Dean

            December 29, 2017 at 5:33 pm

            You are a classic example of an old uneducated person that has no idea what they are talking about. Your view and education on pot come from the 1936 film “Reefer Madness”
            You my friend are a big part of the problem.

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            Anonymous

            December 29, 2017 at 5:59 pm

            I have forgotten more about this than you will ever know. I have no problem at all with medicinal marijuana but I totally object to recreational. We have way to many brain dead druggers around right now with out making it legal. Most can’t find their way home without a GPS when they are sober, much less when they are wasted.

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            Dean

            December 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm

            ^^ like I said, you are an uneducated and have no idea what you’re talking about. I guarantee you there are professional people, doctors lawyers teachers nurses and even firefighters who use pot. There are people that live in your neighborhood, maybe even next door, to you and that you come in contact with day-to-day, these are all people you respect. The only thin is you have no idea that they use pot because it is illegal and they are all closet users. The only people that you see that are users are Abusers, all you see are the thieves and criminals that use it so you think anybody that smokes dope is a loser and a criminal. Like I said you are so uneducated you don’t even know it! Also ignorant people like you are part of the problem. Recreational use of marijuana is way safer than recreational use of alcohol, and you probably use alcohol.

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            William

            December 29, 2017 at 6:43 pm

            Dean, the “anonymous” that you are responding to is indeed an ignorant old fool.
            If you have been on this site for awhile, you can easily recognize that it is LVS.
            They do not come anymore uninformed, mindless and asinine than he is.

            Every generation has its idiots and buffoons and unfortunately my generation has him.
            Do not judge all of my age group by the words of one nitwitted old ass-clown.

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            Anonymous

            December 30, 2017 at 8:14 am

            I would put my education and achievements up against your’s anytime. You losers are all the same, big mouth with nothing to back it up.

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            Anonymous

            December 30, 2017 at 8:17 am

            Aw William, you are such a sweetheart. Still giving head in your garage? What a piece of garbage you truely are. How was prison fool?

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            Anonymous

            December 30, 2017 at 8:23 am

            And, of course you would be wrong again, I don’t use alcohol, smoke cigarettes, do street drugs or have a police record. Also, we won and will win again. If you want to do the crap why don’t you move to California and live on the streets like the rest of the bums.

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            Dean

            December 30, 2017 at 10:43 am

            ^^^^^^Every time you post something on here your ignorance shows through more and more. You can call people names all you want & it doesn’t change the fact that you are uneducated and wrong on this subject.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 29, 2017 at 12:31 am

    went to school with Jim, hes been doing this since or even before then.,

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    December 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, big bust, 300 grams, that’s a little over 10 ounces of weed. Lets continue to make felons out of personnel consumption users. 69 years old, Jim what were you thinking, oh I know, body aches and pains or society in general.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 28, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    The comprehensive narcotics investigation into a growing operation found no plants growing. Sounds like a set up to me.