A Caledonia woman turned in her ex-boyfriend after she discovered that he grew marijuana in her basement and now he has been charged with a felony.
If convicted, Romero-Aviles faces up to three years nine months in prison and/or fined up to $11,100.
According to the criminal complaint, Romero-Aviles’ ex-girlfriend called the police when he showed up at her home. She told police she was trying to break up with Romero-Aviles because he “had been controlling her life at home, even denying her access to parts of her home” for months.
The woman told police she had broken up with Romero-Aviles hours before the confrontation that led to the police being called. When the woman told him that he could pick up his belongings, she had two friends over because she was afraid of what he would do. When he arrived, he shouted at them and pushed one of the women. But she wasn’t injured.
Romero-Aviles’ ex-girlfriend then showed police that he had started a marijuana growing operation in her basement. He kept the door locked and told her she wasn’t allowed to go into the basement.
Police found high-intensity light ballasts, expandable ductwork, fans and growing supplies.
“It was clear plants had been growing in the basement but were recently harvested,” according to the complaint.
Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a cash bond on Friday of $5,000. On Sunday, however, Romero-Aviles violated a 72-hour no-contact order and he was back in jail. The DA’s office filed two felony bail jumping charges against him after he texted her twice.
A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Racine County Courthouse.