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By Amanda Dickman in News on Mar 19, 2007 9:35PM

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Ok, let's get the story straight ... or at least we'll try.

Last Friday, sheriff's officers executed a search warrant at a Northfield Township home and found about $2 million in marijuana.

Inside the rented home in this "upscale neighborhood," police found two bedrooms outfitted with “sophisticated” hydration and ventilation systems where 48 marijuana plants ranging from 2- to 4-feet-high were growing. More than 95 pounds of marijuana were found ready for sale in plastic bins in the living room, attic and throughout the house.

95 pounds? Of pot? That's essentially an entire person's weight in dried plants. These guys have been busy.

To spice things up a bit, the stash was hydroponic marijuana, a more potent and expensive type of the drug that has a street value five times higher than your run-of-the-mill variety. They also found 300 hits of LSD and five grams of heroin.

Anthony R. O'Connor, 26, was arrested in this raid, and further investigation led police to another house on Saturday. This time in Chicago Heights where every room in the unoccupied home was filled with this same high-quality marijuana in the growing and harvesting stages.

The Associated Press (via ABC) is reporting that this second raid yielded another $6 million, while the Tribune claims it was $1 million.

So which is it? Well, we're not sure. But! Rest assured, we'll continue our investigative journalism and report back to you once things are cleared up.

Either way, it's a whole lot of pot and O'Connor, charged with one felony count of manufacture and delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, faces between 6 and 30 years in prison if convicted.

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