An angry girlfriend led Brookfield police to shut down a drug manufacturing operation run by a 30-year-old man out of an apartment in the 9500 block of 47th Street last week.
Police received a 911 call on Dec. 21 about 1:50 a.m. from a 19-year-old Chicago woman who reported that her boyfriend had just punched her inside the Brookfield apartment. The woman told police she locked herself in the bathroom and that her boyfriend possessed a handgun.
When police arrived at the apartment, they observed Francisco Santos inside the residence near the back door. Officers directed Santos to open the door, and police entered the kitchen area of the apartment without incident.
Once inside, police could not locate the alleged domestic battery victim, but they did find what they described as a cannabis and psychedelic mushroom-growing operation inside one of the apartment’s two bedrooms.
In addition to recovering more than 360 grams of cannabis and more than 85 grams of mushrooms, said police, officers found seven marijuana plants growing inside a tent set up in the bedroom.
Other items included a clear tote bin containing six plastic tubs actively growing mushrooms; two glass “shroom” starter jars containing compost; cannabis seeds; multiple containers of garden chemicals and supplies; a gray tote containing compost; and a pop-up “grow kit,” including poles, two lights, two fans, a water pump and a hydro farm meter.
Police also reported recovering a loaded Sig Sauer P232 .38-caliber handgun, two ammunition clips and $1,280 in cash.
Santos was charged with seven felonies, including armed violence and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a public park, which are both Class X offenses which come with prison sentences of up to 30 years, if convicted.
The armed violence charge resulted from police finding the loaded handgun within 15 feet of the drugs and the cash, said Brookfield Lt. Edward Petrak.
He was also charged with possession of between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful production of cannabis.
Police arrested Santos’ girlfriend, Isela Salgado, about 4:15 a.m. on Dec. 21 after she reportedly came into the police station posing as his sister and inquiring about Santos’ well-being.
Salgado allegedly admitted she and Santos had gotten into a verbal altercation earlier, but that he never struck her and was not in the residence at the time she made the phone call to police.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charging Salgado with one count of felony disorderly conduct for making a false report.
In separate appearances in court, a judge set Santos’ bond at $25,000 and Salgado’s bond at $5,000. Both posted bond and are free awaiting trial.