2,300 lbs. of pot netted in Kane Co. bust

December 8, 2009 7:27:37 AM PST
Kane County authorities say they've seized about $5 million worth of marijuana weighing about one ton in a bust.Six men are charged after an investigation that began in July.

Authorities say the investigation culminated with the Nov. 23 seizure of 2,300 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value of $5.2 million, eight vehicles and approximately $480,000 in cash.

Authorities believe the seizure is one of the largest resulting from an investigation into suspects living in Kane County.

Each of the men is in custody at the Kane County Jail, charged with one count of cannabis trafficking and faces up to 60 years in jail if convicted.

Those arrested are Edwardo Alanis-Garcia, 43, of Melrose Park; Jose Arriaga, 36, Of Chicago; Joseph Lichay, 48, of Huntley; Fabricio Mendiola, 36, of Chicago; Santos Nuñez, 48, of Chicago; and William Santana, 41, of Elgin. Each man received bail ranging from $5 million to $10 million.


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