Cicero intercepts 132 pounds of marijuana hidden in clocks

Cicero police were able to intercept a shipment of 132 pounds of marijuana that was being sent into the area via UPS on Tuesday, according to Cicero  spokesman Ray Hanania. The town was notified by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials that the shipment was coming from Kentucky and asked Cicero to take over the investigation.

Working with the cooperation of UPS, a Cicero police officer posed as a delivery man. Roberto Carlin, 38, of 1805 S. 61st Ave., signed for the package under a false name and was immediately taken into custody.

Once brought back to the station, officers discovered the shipment consisted of 36 wooden clocks. After contacting the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, investigators were advised to dismantle the clocks, and found that each clock had compressed marijuana built into cavities in the clocks’ frames.

Each clock contained between 1,500 and 1,800 grams of marijuana. Town officials estimate the total amount of marijuana has a street value of more than $600,000. Hanania said Carlin later admitted to police officers that he knew the shiment contained cannabis. He has since been charged with one felony count of unlawful possession of marijuana and one felony count possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

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