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LITH business owner, employee charged in pot bust

WOODSTOCK – A business owner and one of his employees have been charged with dealing pot out of their Lake in the Hills hydroponics store, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael J. Singley, 40, of Rockton, has been charged with possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is the owner of Big Grow Hydroponics located at 9225 Trinity Drive, police said.

The employee, John E. Czaplicki, 22, of Gurnee, has been charged with delivery of cannabis and possession of cannabis.

The two were arrested Monday after police seized approximately 1,200 grams of marijuana, $1,615 in cash, packaging materials and drug paraphernalia from the Lake in the Hills business, according to a news release. Authorities also seized a vehicle.

The marijuana seized is worth approximately $11,000, police said. The investigation was based on a tip that marijuana was being sold by employees in the store.

Czaplicki remains at the McHenry County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Singley was release from jail after posting 10 percent of his $20,000 bond.

Both are scheduled to appear in court later this month.

The business, which sells products for growing plants indoors and outdoors, remained opened Tuesday.

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