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12,000 Pounds of Pot Found on West Side

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Aug 23, 2011 8:40PM

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Seven men were charged with felony possession of cannabis in connection with a massive marijuana bust in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Police confiscated 12,000 pounds of marijuana, valued at about $33 million.The Sun-Times writes:

When authorities were tipped off that a large load of the drugs was to arrive, they went to the address early in the morning, where they saw men unloading large containers from a semi-truck and into the warehouse, James said.

Police found the men unloading the pot in the dark and found the massive stash in a warehouse and in two nearby cargo vans.