1,400 pounds of pot stashed with onions on semi

December 21, 2009 8:23:26 PM PST
A joint investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff's police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency resulted in the arrests of five men and the seizure of nearly $1.5 million worth of marijuana.Sheriff's office investigators learned Monday that a semi truck that contained a large amount of cannabis was going to be traveling through McHenry County, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

With the description of the semi, investigators located it as it arrived at 14206 Harmony Rd. in an unincorporated area of McHenry County near Huntley. Officers conducted surveillance on the semi and saw five men, unloading what appeared to be palates of onions with a forklift.

Officers then approached the semi, investigated further and discovered large bails of cannabis, stored within the palates of onions. In total, there were 1,464 pounds of cannabis on the truck and officers also seized $8,000 in cash.The sheriff's office estimates that the street value of the cannabis is approximately $1.5 million.

Arrested were:

  • Alfredo Bautista, 30, of Frankfort
  • Kip Ernest Dalke, 32, of Pingree Grove
  • Jesus Raymond Padilla, 34, of Hanover Park
  • Carlos Martin Rodriguez, 32, of Hazel Crest
  • Guillermo Rodriguez, 44, of Blue Island
  • Each has been charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver -- a Class X felony -- and unlawful possession of cannabis, a Class 1 felony.

    Court information was not immediately available.

    (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2009.)


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