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Drug bust nets more than $5M in pot, $500K of cocaine

By Balzafire, Aug 2, 2010 | Updated: Aug 2, 2010 | |
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    View attachment 15899 Chicago Police netted approximately 1,900 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $5 million, and about 4,000 grams of cocaine, worth an estimated $500,000 in a drug bust last week on the Southwest Side. Police also found more than $70,000 in cash from a vehicle their targeted suspect was driving.

    The drugs and cash was displayed at a press conference at police headquarters on Sunday. The drug seizure stemmed from an investigation conducted by members of the Chicago Police Department’s Narcotics Section, according to a release from police News Affairs.

    Acting on information regarding narcotics activity, officers from the Narcotics Section set up both fixed and mobile surveillance on their target, the release said. Officers observed a narcotics transaction involving the target take place on the Near South Side. After the transaction took place, officers followed the target as he drove to a residence in the 7700 block of South Kilbourn Avenue.

    Upon arrival at the location, officers approached him to conduct a field interview and observed, in plain view, a large quantity of cash in the car he was driving. A search of the vehicle yielded the recovery of over $70,000 in cash. Officers continued their investigation with the assistance of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, and a subsequent search of the residence led to the recovery of approximately 4,000 grams of cocaine, having an estimated street value of $500,000.

    Also recovered was approximately 1,900 pounds of marijuana stored in numerous cardboard boxes inside the residence. The marijuana has an estimated street value of more than $5 million.

    Francisco Gonzalez-Nieto, 22, of the 7700 block of South Kilbourn Avenue, was taken into custody and charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of cannabis – more than 5,000 grams, a felony offense.

    Court information for Gonzalez-Nieto was not available.



    August 1, 2010
    SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE
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