Shots fired call leads to marijuana grow operation

police lights-handcuffsAndrew A Barsamian, 25 of Racine has been charged with Disorderly Conduct, Maintain Drug Trafficking Place and Manufacture/Deliver THC (>1000-2500g). He was given a $25,000 cash bond after making his initial appearance today in Racine Circuit Court. His Preliminary hearing on August 13

According to the criminal complaint, Racine police responded for a shots fire and a man with a gun call in the 2800 block of Washington Ave. Upon arrival officers spoke with a witness who stated that they had heard two shots fired and saw the suspect standing outside their door with a gun in his hand and then entered a residence in the 2800 blk of Washington. Officers report that there was a female standing on the lawn where the defendant and entered the residence when the defendant walked out of the home and was ID’d by the witness.

Officers asked the defendant multiple times to show his hands, which according to the complaint he ignored and then tried to go back into the home. Officers tasered him and handcuffed him. When searched he had two loaded magazines on his person. When police asked the defendant where the gun was the defendant stated it was in the house.

According to the complaint officers did a protective sweep of the home and located several weapons and a marijuana “grow room” in plain site. Police recovered a scoped AR-15 assault rifle with two loaded magazines on the floor, next to a loaded semi automatic handgun. An additional loaded semi automatic handgun was located on the steps.

As officers cleared the third level of the home it became apparent there was a marijuana grow operation. They recovered 39 juvenile marijuana plants weighing 907.4 grams, two tall plastic containers one containing 77.8 grams, the second containing 61.1 grams, a tupperware container holding 119.4 grams, along with a box containing 3 plastic bags, one weighing 29.1 grams, second one weighed 30.7 grams, and the third containing 30.5 grams, the complaint states.

Also located in the “grow room” were industrial lights, industrial fans and also air filters.