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UPDATE: Falls Man Busted With 65 Pounds of Marijuana and $500,000 Cash

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Metropolitan Drug Unit seized cash, drugs and vehicles from a storage facility in Lannon and an apartment complex in Menomonee Falls.

An unemployed 28-year-old Menomonee Falls targeted in a drug bust by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Metropolitan Drug Unit is facing nearly a century in prison after being charged Wednesday with multiple felonies.

Authorities say they seized 65 pounds of marijuana, 1½ ounces of cocaine,  $500,000 in cash, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and two ATVs from Robert T. Grintjes during a Monday night raid at a storage unit in Lannon.

Grintjes is now facing a laundry list of charges,  including three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place, one count of possession of cocaine with intent to sell, and two counts of marijuana possession with intent to sell.

If convicted on all counts, Grintjes faces a maximum sentence of 98 ½ years in prison, and $260,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court:

At about 6:40 p.m. Monday, officers executed a search warrant at a storage unit leased by Grintjes at W196N7580 Becker Dr. in Lannon. Police recovered 45.4 pounds of marijuana in a large bag from the trunk of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Officers then discovered a suitcase in the upper loft of the storage unit that contained another 14.4 pounds of marijuana separated into 16 gallon-sized Ziplock bags.

Authorites then discovered $500,120 in cash locked inside a large gun safe, which was also in the storage unit. Two handguns and a rifle were stashed away in the safe as well. Possession of the firearms was also illegal since Grintjes was convicted of a felony in 2002 for – no surprise – possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Additionally, Grintjes told police that the guns were purchased with cash illegally in Milwaukee.

Lt. Robert Doffek of the Metro Drug Unit said officers found the cash in a large gun safe with the words “Fort Knox” written on the door.

However, the drug bust didn’t end there.

After searching the storage unit, authorities obtained a warrant to search Grintjes apartment on the W15000 block of Apple Valley Drive in Menomonee Falls. When officers arrived, Grintjes was home along with myriad of other drugs and cash.

Grintjes was promptly arrested, and officers found another 5 pounds of marijuana in a dresser, $300 cash, and 1½ ounces of cocaine in the refrigerator.

Grintjes told police that he started selling marijuana at the age of 14, and the $500,000 represented his savings from the past 14 years. He couldn’t recall the last time he held a job and received a regular paycheck.

Law enforcement agencies participating included the Lannon police and fire departments, the Menomonee Falls Police Department, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department patrol division and K-9 unit.

Craig October 26, 2011 at 09:55 PM
I am thinking that the 65 pounds was for personal medicinal reasons. And the $500K cash was his retirement savings :-P Odd that his name is not printed though, perhaps after he is formally charged?
Carl Engelking October 26, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Craig I am just about to update the story with that right now - and more details
Craig October 26, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Nate...Obama is a one term man- no need to worry about that yet. Thanks Carl for the update.
Carl Engelking October 26, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Nate, I asked a detective about legalization at the Citizen's Academy and the response was it is a gateway drug. However, it seems alcohol is the first drug most people try...
KiepKyl October 27, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I agree with Carl. I don't understand why a drug such as marijuana, which causes far less public AND personal harm than alcohol is looked at the way it is. If more people used marijuana instead of drinking, I believe there would be FAR less drug related incidents than there are now. Plus, as Nate said, the taxes that could be collected from legal sales are enormous.
KiepKyl October 27, 2011 at 03:06 AM
And when I say I agree with Carl, I am agreeing that alcohol is the TRUE gateway drug...if there is one.
Craig October 27, 2011 at 03:34 AM
KiepKyl...I guess you think that cigaretts are great then. They are highly taxed and look how safe they are for our kids to smoke. One joint is equal to a pack of ciggies for lung damage. You have to be 18 to buy smokes, 21 to buy beer, what age is appropriate to buy pot? If it is legal, the assumption is that it is okay- THAT makes it a gateway drug if there is one. I believe the drug of 'poor choice' has done the most damage to society. But please....don't condone making something legal because it can be taxed. Look how great it has worked for alcohol, tobacco, fuel, etc. All those tax dollars have not done anything beneficial to society.
KiepKyl October 27, 2011 at 09:05 PM
I don't think they are great, and I don't use them, but I do feel that it should be your right as an adult in the United States to do what you want with your body. My argument towards legalization is not based on the fact that it can be taxed either because you are right, the tax dollars received from these products aren't used well, but this is a problem with politicians, not concept. Keep in mind though that we spend $42 billion dollars per year on maintaining this so called "prohibition" (which is a disgusting waste of money). My argument towards legalization lies in the fact that marijuana has been proven to be far less dangerous than any other drug, including alcohol and cigarettes. Despite this fact our legal system treats it as being worse than methamphetamine, and as being as bad as heroin. I can't speculate as to what age would be the "correct" age for marijuana to be legal to smoke, but personally I would set it at 19, but I would imagine other people who advocate legalization might have different views. As far as lung damage goes, you may be correct, but as far as cancer goes, marijuana use does not increase the risk. So if a legal adult wants to have trouble breathing, that's their prerogative, but at least they won't have an increased risk of cancer. http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20060523/pot-smoking-not-linked-to-lung-cancer http://coedmagazine.com/2009/02/06/the-10-most-successful-potheads-on-the-planet-cool-enough-to-admit-it/
Rosemary October 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM
No, if an adult wants to have trouble breathing, it's NOT his prerogative...unless he can pay for it with his own cash!! Instead he will use insurance money...increasing the cost of insurance...or Medicare, which is my taxes...and my cost for Medicare is doubling in a few years. Medicaid will probably pay his nursing home bills...my state taxes at work. We all are paying for these insane life-style choices...and I have to listen to "Well, it's my body! I can do what I want with it!" Well you can darn well pay for the consequences out of your own pocket instead of expecting dollars from heaven when you have "trouble breathing".!
KiepKyl October 27, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Well that's a problem with the way entitlements and health-care are set up, isn't it? It scares me though, that you are so willing to give up your ability to do what you want with your own body. Right now we are only talking about smoking, but it's not hard to imagine government imposing laws and regulations that further cut into our ability to exercise our rights as adults. Also, your last sentence seems to imply that I smoke myself. I don't know if this is what you were thinking, but I would like to make it clear that I don't. I also never have and never will expect these so called "dollars from heaven". I just believe that as an adult in this nation, it is one of our rights fought for by our founding fathers, to be able to live your life without interference from the government, which are what these laws are.
Rosemary October 28, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Oh, my, no...I didn't mean anything about you personally. I'm with you all the way about not wanting the government interfering with one's life....certainly one of our rights!! I just mean that with these rights come responsibilities...you can't have it both ways. One cannot expect the government to let us do as we please, but when we need government assistance because of our bad choices, we expect the government to bail us out...pay our medical expenses....which means other people's money. No government interference mean just that. Personal rights and personal responsibilities. I'm taking it to extremes to make a point. I just bristle when I see poeple living life on the edge, and my taxes and health insurance will have to come to their aid when they have to pay the consequences. I think we're on the same page, my friend.
KiepKyl October 28, 2011 at 03:15 AM
I definitely see your point. However, as I, and you mentioned, the real problem lies in the fact that people expect to be bailed out for their choices. It is more important for me however, to maintain my civil liberties. I would rather have to pay a little bit more right now, for someone else's choice, because of the way our entitlements are set up, than forfeit my civil rights as an American. Because history shows it is far harder to gain these rights back, than it is to change a government program...no matter how addicted the public is to it.
Craig October 28, 2011 at 03:25 AM
The last few comments makes me wonder when we will become like Denmark. They just imposed a fat tax. Fattening foods like butter, Big Macs, etc will be taxed as a punishment to the user. I imagine under ObummerCare this will be looked at as a way to pay for this monster.

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