Monkeys Seized In Marijuana Raid Weren't Involved In Drug Trafficking

For a moment, the crime scene in a small Wisconsin town looked like 'Planet of the Apes' meets 'Narcos' as three monkeys were taken into custody after a raid on an illegal marijuana grow-op. But authorities say the monkeys seized in the bust weren't involved in drug trafficking.

Michael Haney, a 37-year-old man, was arrested on March 1 for illegally manufacturing cannabis in Comstock, Wisconsin - where medical as well as recreational marijuana use remain strictly prohibited. When the Barron County Sheriff’s Department raided a barn owned by Haney, they found a “very sophisticated growing operation” and several hundred marijuana plants along with Haney’s three monkeys. While Haney’s grow-op was an illicit operation, the monkeys seem to have been acquired through legitimate means.

Haney claims he owned the monkeys because he was interested in starting a zoo.

The entire contents of the barn has been seized by the sheriff’s department, including the monkeys. County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the monkeys are “being cared for by a friend.”

h/t Barron News-Shield


People come to cannabis for all sorts of reasons. Many treat their pain, insomnia, PTSD, or appetite loss with medical cannabis. Others choose weed over alcohol in social situations, while hiking or doing yoga, or when they need a mental reset.

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