Police responding to a noise complaint Saturday encountered noise – and a marijuana grow operation.Officers Ian Schumaker and Abe Konoval arrived at 521 Pequonnock St. just before midnight Saturday and heard loud music coming from the second floor and could smell marijuana. When they knocked and announced themselves they could hear people running inside the apartment and heard a metallic click that sounded like a gun being cocked. They called for backup as a precaution.
After a few more knocks, Pawel A. Pienczykowski, 25, answered the door and appeared nervous. Konoval, through the open door, observed what appeared to be a handgun behind him and police made entry. About 10 people were detained in the kitchen as more officers arrived to conduct a sweep of the apartment. The handgun, which was determined to be a facsimile, was seized. Police found more during the sweep. In one room, they noticed soil on the floor, empty flour pots and a projection TV with a loose front screen and a marijuana plant protruding from the side.
Subsequently, they located well over 100 grams of harvested marijuana, several plants still in pots, a large growing tent, heat lamps and other items used in a growing operation. Police also seized 12 pills that tested positive for amphetamines. Pienczykowski said he rented the apartment with his roommate Jose Berrios, also 25.
Both were arrested for operating a drug factory, cultivating marijuana and additional marijuana and narcotics offenses. One juvenile was charged with marijuana possession and released on a promise to appear in juvenile court. Seven other people were questioned and released without charges. Another individual while being questioned jumped out the second-floor window and fled. He eluded police.