1. Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.

12,000 Pounds Pot Seized from West Side Warehouse

By Docta, Aug 24, 2011 | |
  1. Docta
    west+lawndale+pot+bust.jpg Marijuana is worth an estimated $33 million, police say

    Seven men were arrested and more than 12,000 pounds of cannabis seized in a massive drug operation Monday, police said.
    The pot had an estimated value of more than $33 million, they said.
    The operation, conducted by a Chicago Police Narcotics Unit, is the largest local cannabis drug bust conducted solely by Chicago police.
    Narcotics officers said they were tipped off about a drug trafficking organization linked to several Chicago area street gangs. The information informed officers that the traffickers had large distribution and storage centers in the city.
    An investigation led the officers to a warehouse in the 1000 block of South Kolmar Avenue in Chicago's West Side Lawndale neighborhood.

    hemp.jpg Officers stopped a van leaving the warehouse grounds early Monday morning, finding 2,500 pounds of cannabis inside.
    As officers proceeded to search the premises of the warehouse, they soon discovered packages of marijuana amassing up to 9,800 pounds. Police also seized seven vehicles at the facility, as well as a rifle and a handgun.
    Two police canines were able to detect the scent of the drugs despite efforts made to conceal odor. The packages were labeled "AK-47," and the pot was within layers of cellophane and aluminum wrapping that was coated with ball bearing grease.
    Among those arrested were Salvador Lopez, 28 of California; Jesus Munoz, 20, of Woodville, Calif.; Ruben Salazar, 37, of the 2700 block of N. Artesian Ave. in Chicago; Sotero Salazar, 43, of the 6200 block of W. Cuyler Ave. in Chicago; Manuel Sanchez, 37, with no address; Calderon Sandoval,25, of Grandview, Wash; and Daniel Saucedo, 36, of the 5900 block of South Austin Avenue in Chicago.
    All of the arrested men were charged with cannabis possession, and Manuel Sanchez was also charged with cannabis trafficking for allegedly driving a cargo van full of marijuana out of the building to another facility at 4443 W. Filmore.
    Judge Jackie Portman ordered Manuel Sanchez held on $600,000 bond and ordered Jesus Munoz to be held on $500,000 bond after driving the intercepted cargo van into the warehouse.
    Ruben Salazar, Salavador Lopez, Sotero Salazar, Calderon Sandoval and Daniel Saucedo are being held on $300,000.

    NBC Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011


To make a comment simply sign up and become a member!