Drug Testing News
Chicago Police Find
10,000 Pot Plants
Wed Sep 24 2003
CHICAGO - Police discovered 10,000 marijuana plants ready to
be harvested on a remote plot of public land near Lake
Acting on an anonymous tip, narcotics officers Tuesday found
plants up to 7 feet tall growing in the wooded area on the
city's southeast side.
A campsite within the field had cannabis drying on a
clothesline and a press for making dried marijuana into
The marijuana, with an estimated street value of $27 million,
apparently had been growing all summer and was close to being
harvested, said Lt. William Kushner of the organized crime
City workers, under police supervision, will gather up the
plants and take them to a secure incinerator to be burned,
Kushner said. No suspects were in custody.
Also Wednesday, customs inspectors arrested the driver of a
Canadian garbage truck after they discovered one ton of
marijuana concealed behind the trash he was transporting.
Inspectors at a bridge in Port Huron, Mich., found the drugs
after a scanner showed anomalies in the truck's cargo, said
Cherise Miles, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border
The driver of the truck, a 37-year-old man from India, was
taken into custody and is expected to be charged with
conspiracy to smuggle marijuana, Miles said.