Wichita police respond to burglary, find marijuana operation

The call came in reporting a burglary, but Wichita police say they found something else:

A small marijuana growing operation.

Police responded about 8:20 p.m. Friday night to a house in the 400 block of South Clifton. They were told the suspects were inside, so the officers entered the house, said Sgt. Bart Brunscheen.

But instead of finding burglary suspects, they found a small marijuana growing operation in the basement.

“As soon as the officers saw this grow operation, they knew they had to get a warrant,” Brunscheen said, “so they backed out of the house and got the warrant.”

Brunscheen said it probably took two hours to obtain a warrant and get it signed by a judge. Officers stood guard outside the house in the meantime, he said.

With warrant in hand, police went back inside the house and discovered several marijuana plants, distribution material, lamps and a gun.

Police later arrested a woman in her late 40s and are looking for a man in his late teens, Brunscheen said. It wasn’t clear whether they lived in the house.

As for the original reason for the call, Brunscheen said, “There’s nothing further on the burglary side of it. I don’t know if someone broke in because they knew there was illicit drug activity.”