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Police discover 2 football fields worth of pot plants

  1. SmokeTwibz

    Chicago police discovered two football fields worth of marijuana plants on the south side Tuesday, one of the city’s biggest marijuana finds of all time.

    Around noon Tuesday, a police chopper heading back to base near Lake Calumet and the Bishop Ford eyeballed a field and called it in. Police on foot and by air walked 200 feet into wetlands to discover a thousand plus healthy pot plants growing. Narcotics detectives found raccoons, rats, pot plants even a makeshift camp but no criminals.

    Police are on the scene protecting their find until evidence technicians can photograph the area and inventory the marijuana, which by early estimates looks like a thousand plants in all.

    Police are even amazed at the audacity of the criminals behind the gargantuan cannabis grow.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    Julie Unruh | WGN News
    8:18 p.m. CDT, October 2, 2012
    http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-huge-marijuana-field-discovered-in-chicago-20121002,0,4863441.story

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  1. Calliope
    Unlikely, and Large, Marijuana Crop Is Found in a Chicago Industrial Park

    CHICAGO — Of all the remote hillsides where a patch of marijuana might grow unnoticed, just off a major highway in the nation’s third most populous city hardly seems the place. Yet that was precisely where the authorities this week uncovered a virtual farm of marijuana — plants up to 10 feet tall in perfect rows across a stretch of land the size of two football fields, and all of it within Chicago’s city limits, not far from the Bishop Ford Freeway.

    “I never thought I’d see something like this,” said Edward Graney, a tactical flight officer for the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, who was on a routine helicopter flight over the city on Tuesday when he noticed a glimmer of lime green. Even then, he was doubtful of what he was seeing, and took photographs that would later send a team of officers into the city’s far South Side.

    “When I walked in there to get my head around this, I couldn’t believe how big it was,” he said. “I was in shock. Basically, someone put 1,500 plants in the middle of an industrial park.”

    By Thursday, an investigation was under way, though no arrests had been made in connection with the plants, which the authorities described as the city’s largest such discovery outdoors in memory. Marijuana crops are relatively common in rural areas, on public lands and even, at times, hidden in farmers’ fields, but the police here are far more accustomed to finding secret growing operations indoors.

    “This isn’t normal for Chicago,” said Nick Roti, chief of the Chicago Police Department’s bureau of organized crime.

    There were reasons such an elaborate planting, with a street value of $7 million to $10 million, according to the police, could go unnoticed for what is estimated to have been four to six months. Its location, near Stony Island Avenue and 105th Street, while beside a busy highway and not far from a residential neighborhood, is within an industrial area traveled mainly by trucks. And the marijuana plants themselves were surrounded by a perimeter of tall, dense — and legal — plants.

    A makeshift lookout, complete with food and a pile of blankets, was abandoned when the police arrived.

    The crops were not only bulldozed and burned, officials said, but special wood chips were distributed in the area to discourage new plantings. And helicopter officers, accustomed to monitoring car chases and fleeing criminals from above, were certain to keep a special watch on the area.

    “My partner and I were just saying, now every plant looks like dope to us,” Officer Graney said, after his usual helicopter patrol on Thursday.

    Still, if the discovery appeared to be some modern twist on the city’s 19th-century motto, “Urbs in horto” (Latin for “City in a garden”), no one here seemed particularly concerned that a rash of outdoor marijuana operations was now conceivable in Chicago.

    “Frankly, there’s just not many wide open places,” Chief Roti said.

    NYTimes
    By MONICA DAVEY

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/us/unlikely-marijuana-crop-found-in-chicago.html
  2. Emin
    Greeeeat. Next time I go to see my dad it's going to be a lot harder finding my stuff.
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