MILWAUKEE -- Charges were filed Saturday, Oct. 5 against a Milwaukee man and woman for allegedly operating a drug trafficking place out of their residence on the city's south side. Inside the home, law enforcement seized $935,874 in cash in addition to nearly 20 pounds of marijuana, thousands of THC vape cartridges, and much more. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales spoke out on the case Monday night, telling FOX6 News this was a "violent crime waiting to happen."
Amanda Ware, 30, and Govanny Molina, 34 face the following criminal counts:
- Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (THC)(greater than 10,000 grams), as a party to a crime, use of a dangerous weapon (Ware, Molina)
- Maintaining a drug trafficking place, use of a dangerous weapon (Ware, Molina)
Neighbors told FOX6 News five of them tipped off police that Ware and Molina were dealing drugs.
After that tip, law enforcement monitored the Norwich Court residence, as well as the actions of Molina and Ware on the days leading up to the execution of the search warrant. They saw both Molina and Ware "coming and going from the residence. On one of the surveillance dates, law enforcement observed Molina with a large bulge in his right front pants pocket. Based on the shape of this object, law enforcement believed the object was a firearm."
According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
"I just heard a loudspeaker and I assumed it was from the park or squads or someone is going down 50th," said one neighbor.
Molina was located inside the residence -- and he was immediately taken into custody. After the warrant was executed, Ware showed up at the residence -- and she was then taken into custody.
During the execution of the search warrant on Oct. 1, officers "noted the distinct smell of marijuana." They found the following at different parts inside the house:
- Cardboard box containing different amounts of marijuana in plastic bags and in jars
- Val-Halla brand packages of Cannabis-infused gummies
- Bags of marijuana labeled with the various types, strains
- Gray totes containing $450,000+ in one, $452,000+ in another
- Gray tote containing vacuum sealed bags
- Black Smith and Wesson M&P .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a laser stored in a safe in an ottoman (firearm was loaded)
- Various ammunition
- Various pieces of jewelry valued at thousands of dollars
- More than $30,000 in cash located in a dresser
- More than 5,300 grams of marijuana in bags and containers
- 13,509 THC vape cartridges and THC edibles in plastic containers labeled with names like "King Pen," "Connected Brass Knuckles," "Cookies," and "Dank."
"Just think, somebody in their residence or in their private location had almost $1 million," said Chief Morales. "If the police know about it, so did rival drug-dealing groups or robbery crews. The public plays a big role in crime-fighting. That was a shooting or a robbery waiting to happen."
The criminal complaint indicated the total weight of the marijuana inside the residence was approximately 962.60 grams, or just over two pounds.
The "total weight of the marijuana inside the garage was approximately 7,669.5 grams.
The total weight of the non-vape cartridge marijuana was 8,632 grams, just under 18 pounds (excluding the vape cartridges).
The quantity of marijuana when the vape cartridges are considered was well over 10,000 grams.
"Absolutely, I was surprised. So surprised in fact that -- we've never had anything like this on the court or even in the neighborhood," said the first neighbor.
"It's extremely surprising to me. They were nice quiet people -- kept to themselves," said a second neighbor.
Ware and Molina made their initial appearances in Milwaukee County court on Saturday, Oct. 5. Cash bond was set for each of them at $25,000. Both Ware and Molina were scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings on Oct. 14.