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Arrest in Naperville Leads Police to $1.2 Million Chicago Cannabis Operation

Police discover a "sophisticated" cannabis growing operation with more than 300 mature cannabis plants inside a Chicago home.

The arrest of a 32-year-old Chicago man led Naperville police to a nearly $1.2 million cannabis operation inside a Chicago home Thursday. 

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Naperville Police Department's Special Operations Group discovered a "sophisticated" cannabis growing operation with more than 300 mature cannabis plants after conducting a search in the 3200 block of North Oleander in Chicago, according to the Naperville Police Department.

The cannabis found inside the home has a street value of $1,197,800. 

The discovery stemmed from an investigation after police arrested Ronald Carlos Sanchez, 32, of the 3200 block of North Oleander in Chicago, at 4:07 p.m. Thursday near East Diehl Road and Freedom Drive in Naperville.

In DuPage County, Sanchez was charged with unlawful delivery of cannabis 30-500 grams, a Class 3 felony, police said.

Police also discovered several large plastic bins of processed cannabis during the search of the Chicago home. 

In Cook County, Sanchez was charged with production of cannabis plants, a Class 1 felony, and possession with intent to deliver, a Class X felony. He was transported to DuPage County Jail.

The arrest comes just two days after Naperville police conducted the largest methamphetamine bust in DuPage County during a routine traffic stop in Naperville.

In a press release, Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall thanked the DuPage and Cook counties State’s Attorney’s offices for their assistance during the investigation.

Sanchez's court date is unknown at this time.

Jim Smith October 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Mexican drug cartels are funneling huge amounts of money into the Obama campaign. It's just good business for them. Barry and the DOJ go after states like AZ and LEOs like Sheriff Joe Arpaio when they try to crack down on illegal immigrants and cartel operatives. Barry offers incentives for illegals to come and stay here. He does not deport them - look at how DREAMERS are treated - if they say they were born here, there are no questions asked. Every young illegal knows to say they are here on the DREAM Act now. It's a lot easier for cartel operatives to hide in plain sight in large communities of illegals because the locals aren't going to turn them in. Cartels can easily recruit illegals to be drug mules, lookouts, and couriers of cash and guns because they can threaten them and their families here and back home.
Jim Smith October 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Grizzly Bear said, "he is not illegal..." And what in the article tells you that? I had a neighbor who is an FBI agent. He says that if there is a large drug bust involving Hispanics, the odds are VERY good that they're here illegally.
Pro Life Crusader + October 27, 2012 at 08:52 PM
One more reason for kicking Obama's ( ! ) out of office! He is not doing his dam job for illegal immigriants!
Jim Smith October 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Barry will do anything to remain in power. His priority is his enacting his communist agenda, regardless of the cost to this nation.
chicago rambler October 28, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Illegal? Definitely not. Ron grew up in the north suburbs and went to private schools. He was given every opportunity in life but chose a different path. Such a tragedy when this happens to someone you know and went to school with.

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