Racine police say a 35-year-old man is facing felony drug charges after a neighbor reported him waving a gun around and a sophisticated grow operation was found in the man’s home.
Andrew Barsamian was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of
According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 2:23 a.m. Sunday for a report of shots fired and a man with a gun. When officers arrived, a witness told them they’d seen Barsamian outside his residence waving a black handgun, but he went back inside shortly before police arrived.
While officers were speaking to the witness, they say Barsamian exited a home, and the witness identified him as the man who had a gun. Police pulled their guns and ordered Barsamian to show his hands, but he ignored the command so officers tasered him. After he was down, police searched him and found two loaded handgun magazines in his pocket. When he was asked where the gun was, Barsamian said it was in the house.
Police say they performed a search of Barsamian’s home and discovered in plain view two handguns and an AR 15 semi-automatic rifle as well as a sophisticated marijuana grow operation on the third floor of the residence. A total of 39 plants weighing 907.4 grams were found, as were the industrial lights, fans and filtration system necessary for successful operation of a marijuana growing business.
Officers say the witness said that before police arrived, Barsamian and a woman were heard arguing. Then, the neighbor saw the defendant outside waving a black handgun. A few moments later, the woman was knocking on the witness’ door and she told police the home where she lived belonged to Barsamian and she’d only recently moved in with him.
Additionally, the complaint reads, officers found quantities of harvested marijuana in nine separate containers totaling 419.5 grams; plastic baggies and a high-capacity digital scale for weighing grams.
Barsamian is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond. He will next be in court August 13 for his preliminary hearing.
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