Here’s something you don’t hear every day: a Wisconsin cheese company has bought seven hilly acres of underground storage caves in Tennessee for $285,000 after the previous owner went to jail for using the space as a clandestine marijuana farm.

Roth Kase USA, a well-known Wisconsin cheese company based in Monroe, was the winning bidder at the court-ordered auction Saturday. The company’s representative, Chuck Olson, says Roth Kase will make an announcement “shortly” regarding what the company plans to do with the property, but promises it will be an entirely legal operation “in a tasty way.”

Apparently the cave in question is a “masterpiece” — according to The former owner was an evil genius with superior craftsmanship who spent $750,000 turning the cave into a subterranean pot farm. In 2005, authorities found 850 marijuana plants flourishing under grow lights in two heavily secured, 100-yard-long rooms in the cave. Needless to say, said owner is now in jail.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force, which will use the money to fund undercover work.

I can’t wait to see what kind of cheese Roth Kase will age in these Tennessee caves and how they will market it — gives a whole new meaning to “cheese underground.”

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