Medical marijuana bust leads to arrests at Lombard hotel

A Lombard man and two California men have been arrested on charges related to  trafficking approximately 80 pounds of medical marijuana.

Steve Loan, director of DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group (DuMeg) said Tuesday the arrests were made April 18 after the agency was notified by Illinois State Police that they had stopped a car on the Stevenson Expressway, I-55, driven by the two men from California and carrying the cannabis.

“We decided to do a controlled delivery to see who was on the receiving end,” Loan said.

The car was driven to a Lombard hotel where the sting took place. Loan said the men had arranged to leave the marijuana at the hotel, but that the men were never to meet face-to-face.

Julian Iannino, 23, of 1028 S. Fairview St. in Lombard, Steven Brooks, 21, of Monterra, Calif. and Eric Krzywicki, 21, of Redding, Calif.,  were each charged with one count of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

Loan said the street value of the drugs is about $350,000. He said the agency is noticing an increase in trafficking of medical marijuana.

“It’s a high grade (cannabis),” he said. “The medical marijuana is not being used to ease pain and suffering. It’s being trafficked.”

A DuPage County judge set bond April 19 at $350,000 each for Brooks and Krzywicki and at $750,000 for Iannino.

via : TribLocal

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