Daytime drinker leads police to illegal marijuana grow-op in Bayview 

click to enlarge 18 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were found in a house that a suspect ran into during a police chase in the Bayview. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • 18 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were found in a house that a suspect ran into during a police chase in the Bayview.

If the cops are hot on your trail, the last place you probably want to go is your family’s home — where marijuana is illegally being grown.

That’s what police said happened in the Bayview last weekend after officers wanted to detain a young man who was allegedly swigging beer in public.

About 1:30 p.m. Saturday, police said, the officers were patrolling the area of Third Street and Palou Avenue when they saw a man boozing. Police identified the man as 20-year-old Antwain Barker of San Francisco.

When the officers went to detain Barker, he reportedly took off running. With one cop “right behind him,” Barker ran into a home at the end of the block, police said.

He tried to slam the door on the officer, police said. When that attempt failed, an officer simply followed Barker into the home and took him into custody.

Officers said they conducted a “protective sweep” of the home, where they found a room that was being used to grow marijuana. The room was outfitted with “sophisticated” hydroponic lighting, police said, and at least 18 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were seized.

Additionally, more than 100 rounds of ammunition were found inside the home, police said. No weapon was found.

Police said they searched Barker and found two bags of marijuana. If that wasn’t enough to connect him to the drug trade, according to the officers, a search of Barker’s cellphone uncovered some evidence.

A text from an apparent client allegedly offered to trade the man “some weed for some wings,” police said.

The client “apparently worked at a chicken restaurant,” according to a Bayview Police Station report.

Barker was booked on suspicion of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

However, the District Attorney’s Office subsequently discharged the case against Barker as there were several people inside the home and investigators had yet to determine who among them owned the small marijuana operation.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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