Calling it „the perfect example” of why citizens should contact police when they see suspicious activity, Mayor Tom Barrett praised the Milwaukee Police Department and residents who spoke up for leading to a major drug bust on Milwaukee’s south side last week that turned up more than 13,000 THC vape cartridges and $935,000.
„This would never had happened if it were not for citizen involvement in the case and if the Milwaukee Police Department did not take the complaints seriously,” Barrett said.
Barrett said citizens regularly ask him if it’s worth it to contact police. His answer was a resounding „Yes.”
Citizens had noticed frequent cars and strangers coming and going out of the modest house on West Norwich Court and contacted police, according to a search warrant of the address.
Inside, officers found 18 pounds of marijuana, aside from the cartridges filled with THC oil, as well as $935,000 stashed in a closet and dresser drawer, as well as a loaded weapon.
Police arrested Govanny „Gio” Molina, 34, and Amanda Ware, 30, both on charges of maintaining a drug trafficking place, use of a dangerous weapon and possession with intent to distribute more than 10,000 grams of THC or 200 plants, as party to a crime, according to a criminal complaint filed on Saturday.
Bond was set at $25,000 cash for each.
Both posted the cash and were released, according to court records.