August 20, 2014

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Cops find pot after report of break-in

ELYRIA — After calling police about an alleged home invasion, Jamie Burrer’s next call came from the Lorain County Jail.

Burrer said he was confronted by four men in his home in the 8800 block of West Ridge Road around 2:20 a.m. Monday, one of whom had a pistol, according to police spokesman Lt. Chris Costantino. Burrer gave officers permission to search the home and they found no one inside but did discover a “large amount of marijuana” on the second floor of the home, Costantino said.

Costantino said Monday afternoon police were still processing evidence from the house and will probably release the total weight of the seizure Thursday. A pound of pot has a street value of approximately $1,000.

Hydroponic lamps were found on the second floor as well as five or six large zippered bags of marijuana, a clothing basket full of marijuana, several small bags of marijuana and several pot pipes, Costantino said. Burrer told police two men entered his home through the second-floor bathroom window and one pointed a gun at him, while two or more men stood outside acting as lookouts.

Burrer shut the bathroom door and ran out of his home and called police, according to Costantino who said a report on the incident didn’t have a description of the men. The report was unavailable Monday.

Costantino said it’s somewhat unusual for police to find a large amount of drugs in a home they’ve been invited into.

“It’s not something we stumble across every day,” he said.

Burrer, 25, was charged with marijuana trafficking, cultivation of marijuana, possession of criminal tools and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is free on a $10,500 bond and is due in Elyria Municipal Court on Thursday.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.