Domestic disturbance turns into pot bust
GERONIMO, Okla._What started out as a call on a domestic disturbance complaint for Comanche County Sheriff's deputies, turned into a major pot bust in the county.
Deputies responded to a home on Arapaho Street in Geronimo around 10:00 p.m. Sunday after 32-year-old Kristoffer Lewandowski was seen chasing his wife with a knife. After barricading himself in his home, he ultimately surrendered. That's when nine marijuana plants were found growing on the property.
"This is a rare deal. Usually you just go out to a domestic and you just take care of the situation," explained Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley.
Sheriff Stradley said it was clear from the get-go that Sunday night's call was anything but typical.
"The individual supposedly chased his wife with a knife and she went next door to a neighbor. They went to the door, he was inside the house, he first wouldn't come out. We thought he had a gun," said Stradley.
Once Lewandowski surrendered and came out of this house, that's when sheriff's deputies went inside. All it took was one look around the home for officers to realize they were dealing with a more serious situation.
"When we get there and we find out we have marijuana there that's being grown, it seems to get worse. And then with children present this is a bad situation gone worse for the whole entire family," explained Sheriff Stradley.
The entire ordeal was witnessed by Lewandowski's two young children. Both were taken into DHS custody before being released to their mother.
In all, nine marijuana plants were found, along with growing equipment and two guns. Lewandowski now faces charges of cultivating marijuana, paraphernalia and domestic assault in the presence of a child. It's a situation that Sheriff Stradley says has no winners.
"Probably one of the things that bothers me is that you've got kids in the house and you're growing drugs in there. Kids are precious. If you don't have enough for yourself, you should have enough for your kids to not have it around them. This was a situation that was bad…that went from bad to worse," said Sheriff Stradley.
Lewandowski is currently enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He sits in the Comanche County Detention Center to await further investigation by military police.