MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man and woman allegedly caught with nearly $1 million in cash and nearly 20 pounds of marijuana in their home were in court Monday, Oct. 14 for their preliminary hearings, which they waived. These offenses were just the tip of the iceberg, according to prosecutors.
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)
They appeared in court Monday for the first time since posting $25,000 cash bond each on Oct. 10. Arraignments were scheduled for Oct. 30.
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."
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.
"We have juveniles involved with this -- from the bright-colored packaging and candy-flavored cartridges, said Capt. Cassandra Libal of the Milwaukee Police Department. "That is directly related to our youth."
"We're seeing many young people that are being permanently damaged from vaping, said Jeanette Kowalik, Milwaukee health commissioner. "It's causing chemical-related injuries."