Beaver Dam Man Convicted Of Growing Pot Discovered After Fire

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was sentenced to seven months in jail with work release privileges Wednesday for his part in a marijuana growing operation at the Lakecrest Apartments. Scott Rabinek entered a no contest plea to one felony count of Manufacturing and Delivery of THC. Two additional felony charges of Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place and Possession of THC as well as four misdemeanor charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia were dismissed but read into the record. After a blaze ravaged the apartment complex in April of 2017, firefighters and investigators found 54 plants up to three feet tall in two separate closets in a back bedroom. A second tenant, 48-year-old Jennifer Miller who was sentenced in May to one year of probation, denied having any involvement with cultivating the plants but said the grow lights were so bright she has had to sleep on the living room couch. She also told investigators that the plants belonged to the 52-year-old Rabinek who she called “controlling.” Miller said Rabinek demanded that she tell the police that it was hers because she would get off easier because of his past offenses. In addition to jail, Rabinek was placed on parole for four years.