A man accused of running a marijuana grow operation and having a loaded 12-gauge shotgun is back behind bars after he was the victim of a home invasion last year.

Kevin Flick, 21, of Racine, was charged last year by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with possession with possession of marijuana, use of a dangerous weapon, possession with intent to deliver near a park; maintaining a drug trafficking place, and possession of a drug paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, Flick faces up to 12 years one month and/or fined up to $20,500.

A warrant had been issued for his arrest on June 9, which has since been vacated after Flick showed up for court on Monday.

According to the criminal complaint: Officers with the Racine Police Department were called to a home in the 400 block of Luedtke Avenue for a report of a home invasion.

While on scene, police noticed that the front door was broken and the storm door glass on the ground. A broken board was found inside near the stairs landing. Two men came out of the home and told police that Flick fled the home before they arrived. The two men told police that several people with guns drawn came into the home.

When clearing the house, police noted the smell of burnt marijuana, “a large amount of marijuana ‘shake’ present,” and a drawer full of sandwich bags. Some of the bags contained marijuana.

A loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a book on how to grow marijuana, fertilizer, and a marijuana starter grow kit were found in one of the bedrooms. Because of the extended magazine tube on the gun, the officer described it as a “combat model,” and not a gun someone would take hunting.

The home looked as though a large struggle had taken place because furniture appeared to be of place and a bedroom door was found on the floor.

While police collected evidence, Flick came home. He initially told police that three or four armed men came into his home for some reason. Police challenged him because his story wasn’t making sense and he eventually told police that the invasion was a “drug rip.”

The three or four men wore bandannas and were armed with a baseball bat, hammer and a knife. They forced their way into the home, broke into his bedroom, and asked him where the marijuana was hidden. Police believe that Flick was selling marijuana and was starting a grow operation.

A plea hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. July 5 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.





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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.