80+ pounds of marijuana seized in Manitowoc County bust

By Millaine Wells, Local 5 News

Published 06/09 2014 04:22PM

Updated 06/09 2014 07:14PM

MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - Manitowoc County authorities were able to get more than 80 pounds of drugs off the streets.

The Manitowoc County Metro Drug unit conducted a search of a home in Collins on Friday night.

They seized 78 pounds of marijuana.

According to the Sheriff's Department the drugs have a street value of $300,000.

In addition to the bags of marijuana, the drug unit also found several fire arms and money.

"We located about $35,000 in cash in the Collins location, about $1000 in cash in New Holstein. We also took a truck a couple of ATVs and a large car hauler trailer" explains Lt. Dave Remiker, Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities arrested 39 year old Brian Guilmette.

Investigators picked him up in New Holstein where he allegedly made arrangements to sell them Drugs.

Investigators tell Local 5 there were coffee beans packed around the marijuana to mask the smell, when it was transported.

They believe that Guilmette is near the top of the supply chain in this area.

"The importance of this is the downward spiral effect. All the customers below that" says Lt. Remiker."We are determining what level of cooperation he is at. Obviously somebody with this quantity is somebody who has a very legitimate source, we believe from California".

When Guilmette was arrested he had an additional eight pounds of pot, a thousand dollars in cash and his two kids in the car.

The judge set bail at $100,000.

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