Sixth person arrested in major marijuana bust

2013-02-09T16:45:00Z 2013-02-09T18:11:08Z Sixth person arrested in major marijuana bustPantagraph staff
February 09, 2013 4:45 pm  • 

BLOOMINGTON — A sixth person was arrested Friday in connection with a large-scale marijuana growing operation involving homes in Bloomington and Tremont, according to a multiagency drug control task force.

The search Friday afternoon of a Bloomington home led to the discovery of another indoor growing operation and the arrest of John Keller, 49, of Bloomington, according to Task Force 6 officials. Keller is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Keller is being held in lieu of $5,025 bond.

Five other people from Bloomington, Tremont and Downs already face felony drug charges after authorities said raids on two Bloomington homes and a third in Tremont on Wednesday.

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  1. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - February 16, 2013 2:17 pm
    Alcohol = legal. Marijuana = illegal. Now you know.
  2. x con
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    x con - February 16, 2013 12:04 pm
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    x con - February 16, 2013 12:03 pm
  4. x con
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    x con - February 16, 2013 12:02 pm
    Hey out there , Dr Keller is a great man and helps tons of patients even if they cant pay , he is very honest , and very caring , I have been his patient until I moved out of town , I still talk to him from time to time and he has always stayed the same , Though he may have done something that in the laws eyes is wrong in our state he still is a stand up guy ! There are tons of partakers in the medical field so don't be quick to judge , and since he has been here a long time and hasn't been in trouble before give him a break , So he smokes a little ? So you drink a little ? Make your own brew ? Hypocritical people are the first to throw stones , think about it , if I still lived in bloomington I would go bail him out myself and by now im sure one of his patients will !
  5. Revel8
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    Revel8 - February 11, 2013 11:02 pm
    Didn't we learn in the 20's and 30's that prohibition doesn't work?

    All it did was fund murderous gangsters instead of legitimate taxpaying businesses. The gangsters then paid off government officials so that they could keep their murderous operations going. Alcohol became more dangerous, not less. Crime rates skyrocketed. Government spending on incarceration rose by a whopping 1000%.

    Yet we repeat the same exact mistakes on a plant that has been scientifically proven to be 2x safer than alcohol...
  6. jm2
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    jm2 - February 11, 2013 7:06 pm
    There's an area of road where I live where the speed limit is 30, but I think it should be 45. Oh well, if I'm caught going 45, I pay the consequence. Well, a large scale marijuana operation happens to be illegal so why do so many condone his actions and think he shouldn't pay the consequence? He's a big boy and knows it's illegal. But, greed can get you in trouble.
  7. terry russell
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    terry russell - February 11, 2013 10:56 am
    I totally agree with chattycathy54. Smart lady
  8. Chattycathy54
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    Chattycathy54 - February 11, 2013 10:49 am
    Let the dentist continue to practice, a benefit to society. If there are no other crimes with these people have their skills turn it into a regulated medical marijuana practice, a benefit to society. Let the children be with their mother if there were never any abuse involved. A. Benefit to society. Otherwise it is going to cost the state thousands yearly to house these people in prison and state care for the kids in a state nearly broke.. As Bob Dylan said, the times they are a changing.
  9. terry russell
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    terry russell - February 11, 2013 9:30 am
    It seems funny to me that Kellers bond was only $5000.00 when every one else's was 10 and $25,000. Is this because he is a public figure or what. He is guilty of intent to sell and possession. There was no big write-up on him. Is this because he's a dentist in Bloomington. Does this make him any different than the others. I think NOT! What the hell is wrong with the judicial system.
  10. candymanfishing60
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    candymanfishing60 - February 11, 2013 9:08 am
    TO the one guy that said Gabor ratted out, and he nick named him gabby, How does he know maybe he was a Nark in the first place,. he could of been planted in that operatuion some time ago under cover, getting all the information the task force needs,,maybe he was part of the force, well you shall see in due time if he disappears,. after all is said n done,,rats due..narks due, stool peigons due, and so on...
  11. BigBrother
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    BigBrother - February 10, 2013 11:09 pm
    I wonder if the good doctor would like the chance to reconsider his involvement in manufacturing illigal drugs or would like to change his mind? The risk is not worth the consequences. How many innocent people hashe now harmed because of his actions? No doubt a drug convictions will cost him his license and more than likely his livlihood. An awful lot to sacrifice to catch a buzz!!!!
  12. Shade of Red
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    Shade of Red - February 10, 2013 6:48 pm
    Good luck finding another "painless" dental experience....
  13. purseladyjeanne
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    purseladyjeanne - February 10, 2013 2:06 pm
    Guess my appointment for tomorrow is probably cancelled!
  14. Dr Dan
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    Dr Dan - February 10, 2013 2:03 pm
    DR. Keller is a little ahead of his time. One day in the not so distant future growing will be common place. My whole family are and have been patients of his for many years. This changes nothing. He is a talented and experienced dentist.
    50 years ago this may have been worth the tax payers money, now It seems sort of a waste and it seems like it to millions of other Americans and the numbers are growing every day. Marijuana usage is so prevalent it really doesn't mean much too the public when a big bust is made. I would be impressed with a heroin or cocaine sting. Many folks hate change but it is a constant human factor weather we like it or not and we will deal with it along the same lines as alcohol in our society.
  15. Sheeple76
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    Sheeple76 - February 09, 2013 7:06 pm
    If we truly lived in a free society instead of this police state we currently live in this wouldn't be illegal. Instead we elect those who get for themselves then make laws for us to follow based on unconstitutional laws. The Constitution was written on hemp paper. Instead of prosecution of chemical made substances they prosecute home grown operations. We are not free its a brainwashing effect from religion and government. Wake up people and stand against authority peacefully with voice and dollars.
  16. hockeyfan10
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    hockeyfan10 - February 09, 2013 6:07 pm
    Wow, I'm in shock. My old dentist. Never would have thought....
  17. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - February 09, 2013 11:56 am
    The "Noble Experiment" -- the only time America was truly conservative, and an extremely instructive lesson on how conservatism actually works when given its head.
  18. malcolmkyle16
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    malcolmkyle16 - February 09, 2013 10:23 am
    During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich criminals and corrupt politicians. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on education, etc. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally; the economy collapsed! Sound familiar?
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