Prosecutors: Ex-Geneva doctor should forfeit home because of pot growing

  • Mark G. Lewis

    Mark G. Lewis

 
 
Updated 5/20/2015 5:00 PM

Kane County prosecutors want a former Geneva doctor, who faces charges of sexual assault and growing marijuana, to forfeit his St. Charles home, according to court records.

Prosecutors say Mark G. Lewis, 56, used drug money to buy his home on the 0-99 block of Squire Lane, and the residence was used in the felony offense of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

 

Lewis remains at the Kane County jail without bail on charges he raped a woman he knew in November 2012.

In court papers, prosecutors said the North Central Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at Lewis' home on May 7, 2015, and found a marijuana grow operation in the basement.

Authorities said they found 110 marijuana plants in the setup, which also included an irrigation system and carbon dioxide generator to promote growth.

Several rooms at the home were used to dry the plants after harvest, cannabis edibles were found in the kitchen refrigerator, and more marijuana was found in a trailer parked in the driveway, according to the forfeiture complaint.

Authorities also found nearly 26 pounds of processed marijuana and estimated the dried and live plants have a total value of $600,000, prosecutors have said.

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"The property was used to commit and to facilitate the felony offenses of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver," prosecutors wrote. "Further, the property was derived from proceeds obtained as a result of a violation of the Cannabis Control Act."

Lewis' medical license was suspended in summer 2014, and he was charged with sexual assault. He is accused of assaulting a woman at his home.

Lewis was free on bond on the sex case when authorities searched his home earlier this month. A judge revoked his bail on the sex case. He is next due in court on June 4.

If convicted in the rape case, he faces up to 30 years in prison. The most severe drug charges carry a prison term of 12 to 60 years if convicted.

A message left at the office of Dean Kekos and David Krejci, who are defense attorneys for Lewis, was not immediately returned Wednesday.

The forfeiture case is next due in court May 27.

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