By Jacob Mathias
Two Wisconsin Rapids residents face felony charges for manufacturing and delivering THC out of their home.
John Eisenburg, 33, and Laura Hart, 39, both face class H felony charges for manufacturing THC with the intent to deliver which if convicted carries a maximum sentence of six years imprisonment or a $10,000 fine or both. They are also charged with possession of THC with the intent to deliver, a class I felony with a maximum sentence of three years and six months imprisonment or a $10,000 fine or both.
Both also face misdemeanor charges for possession of THC which has a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment or a $1,000 fine or both. Another misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia carries a maximum sentence of 30 days imprisonment or a $500 fine or both if convicted.
Hart is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a child, a class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of nine months imprisonment or a $10,000 fine or both.
Hart pleaded not guilty to her three misdemeanor charges at her initial appearance in Wood Count Circuit Court on September 28. No other pleas have been made at this time.
According to court documents, detectives with the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department obtained a warrant to search the home of Eisenburg and Hart on the 3000 block of Bonow Ave. to investigate reports of their alleged growing and selling of marijuana.
During the search, police found a 12 inch marijuana plant, a 21 inch plant, a four foot florescent light bulb, a scale, a list of sales, 5.1 grams of marijuana in a box, a 12 inch water bong and other drug paraphernalia.
When detectives spoke with Hart, she admitted she was aware there was marijuana in the house and she knew people came to the house. She said she believed in the medicinal value of marijuana.
Hart also reportedly told detectives she provides her son with marijuana and allows him to smoke it in the house. She said she doesn’t want him getting marijuana elsewhere because it may be laced with dangerous substances.
Eisenburg also told officers they would find marijuana in the home and he had been selling it for the past two months.
Hart is free on a $2,000 signature bond and Eisenberg on a $1,000 bond.
Hart and Eisenburg return to Wood County Circuit Court on October 16 at 2:00 PM for her preliminary hearing and arraignment.