Sycamore police: Warrant issued in pot growing operation

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:26 p.m.CDT • Updated: Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:10 a.m.CDT

SYCAMORE – Police are looking for a 45-year-old man accused of growing 222 marijuana plants in the basement of a Sycamore home.

A warrant charging Richard A. Seldal, of 939 Wells Drive, Sycamore, with unlawful manufacture of marijuana plants was issued Thursday afternoon, Sycamore Police Detective Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber said Friday. The charge is typically punishable by as many as 15 years in prison; his bond was set at $150,000.

The house itself is in the forclosure process. Workers hired by a bank to change the locks stumbled upon the growing operation early Tuesday, and police spent about six hours at the house off Mount Hunger Road on Tuesday, removing the plants and the equipment allegedly used to grow them, police said.

Police were uncertain why Seldal would grow an illegal substance there under those circumstances.

"That has us a little befuddled," Swartzendruber said. "But we haven't had a chance to talk to him."

Swartzendruber said police are are uncertain how long the plants had been growing in the house, and they don't believe Seldal had been living there, although he had visited several times a week. Police found no weapons when they searched the house and have no information suggesting others were involved in growing the plants, he said.

Anyone with information on Seldal's whereabout should call Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or email crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could earn up to $1,000.

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