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Christopher Schwartz

Christopher Schwartz

A former UW-Madison plant researcher was charged Friday with two felonies for allegedly growing marijuana in a university lab.

Christopher Schwartz, 45, was charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after the Oct. 16 discovery of 12 marijuana plants being grown inside a growth chamber at the Biochemistry Building on the UW campus.

The growth chamber was used by Schwartz and locked with a padlock, according to a criminal complaint.

Schwartz was initially placed on administrative leave after his arrest but resigned on Oct. 26, university spokeswoman Amy Toburen said.

According to the complaint:

On Oct. 17, a day after the plants were taken by police, Schwartz was seen on a security video walking up to the growth chamber with what appeared to be a key in his hand and finding that the chamber was unlocked.

He looked inside and outside the chamber, closed it and left. When interviewed by police the next day he initially said the chamber was empty, but after he was told that police had removed marijuana plants from the chamber he admitted that he had been growing the 12 plants for personal use.

Schwartz also said he had more marijuana at his Harvey Street home that was for his personal use and shared with friends.

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