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Owner, Employee of Big Grow Hydroponics Arrested for Delivery of Marijuana

Big Grow owner Michael J. Singley, 40, and his employee John E. Czaplicki, 22, were arrested Monday after McHenry County Sheriff's deputies acted on a tip the men were selling cannabis.

An owner and one employee of Big Grow Hydroponics in Lake in the Hills were arrested on Monday and are accused of selling marijuana, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

Michael J. Singley, 40, of Rockton was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, one count possession of cannabis and one count of  unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff's office news release.  

Singley is an owner of Big Grow Hydroponics, 9225 Trinity Unit B and C, in Lake in the Hills, sheriff police said. 

Big Grow employee John E. Czaplicki, 22, of Gurnee also was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful delivery of cannabis and one count unlawful possession of cannabis, sheriff police said.

Big Grow Hydroponics sells hydroponic growing systems as well as products meant for indoor growing and other gardening needs, according to Big Grow's website. 

Acting on a tip, sheriff deputies investigated reports that marijuana was being sold by employees of Big Grow Hydroponics. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search Monday of the business, which is located just west of Route 31. The Lake in the Hills Police Department assisted in the search. 

At the conclusion of the search warrant, the two employees were arrested for cannabis-related drug charges.

Deputies also seized $1,615; a Scion Tc vehicle; about 1,200 grams of cannabis; one digital scale, packaging materials; and multiple items of drug paraphernalia, police said. 

The street value of the cannabis is estimated at about $11,000, sheriff police said.

Bond for Czaplicki was set at $50,000, and he is scheduled to next appear in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 29. Singley's bail was set at $20,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 28.

“Anyone with information about illegal drug activity is asked to call your local law enforcement agency or the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office at 815-338-2144," Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said in the press release. 

FlyingTooLow November 25, 2012 at 08:19 PM
@ D... You have my vote.
D November 26, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Wow that sounds like a tuff decision. More money for our schools to educate our children. Or continue to let police (like the Mchenry county sheriff) get paid to watch customers who shop at a legal store like Big Grow. Then violate their rights and go to their homes and tell lies to get inside and destroy their lives. I think I'd much rather see our money go to our children's education. Considering the middle class is dying an a good education is going to help you succeed.
jeff November 26, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Yeah the twisted law enforcement around here has always been that way. The other 17 states were it legal for medical purposes most of those on the next vote will get legalized for recreational use too it will be taxed and all will be well. Again if your kids want to go by grass they can do it just as easy as walking into a licensed store anyway. At least a lot of people are seeing the light.
Micheal Singley January 15, 2013 at 06:40 PM
All these articles and none of them are true!! How can we trust the very people who protect us when they state lies!! This is the owner of Big Grow , I promote my store with all the right intentions and i get this in return. This guy they say is an employee, is not. And They didn't get 2.5lbs from my store. It just appalls me to see all these articles and none of them are true!
Micheal Singley January 15, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Have your lawyer get the discovery of the case and you will know exactly how the got you!!

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