1,124 pot plants found in Dane County bust

Deputies call bust ‘one of the largest' in Dane County

Hundreds of marijuana plants worth over $1 million were found at four different locations in a bust being called one of the largest ever found in Dane County, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

Search warrants were carried out Wednesday at three addresses in Madison and one in the town of Sun Prairie and a total of 1,124 plants were seized, according to the release. The plans were in different stages of growth.

Police said a tip from a confidential informant in July led to the bust.

The addresses were:

1838 Boyd Ave., Madison
4201 Sycamore Ave., Madison 4810 Retana Dr., Madison 3088 Burke Rd., town of Sun Prairie

A loaded, 12-gauge shotgun and drug paraphernalia were also found. All properties had basements with space converted to grow rooms, according to police.

Donald E. Alston, 44, of Madison, arrested on suspicion of maintaining a drug house possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of manufacturing marijuana. An enhancer was also applied to the charges because one of the addresses was less than 1,000 feet from a school.

Police said Alston is directly connected to all four properties involved in the investigation.