Two men were in jail on drug charges today following a police raid at an Addison furniture store that resulted in the seizure of 3,700 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $16.8 million, according to DuPage County authorities.
Luis Pichardo, 32, and Ignacio Morales, 28, both of Melrose Park, were being held in lieu of $10 million bail on charges of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.
The pair was taken into custody over the weekend after officers with the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group noticed them Friday night acting in what police described as a suspicious manner in the front of the store in the 100 block of Laura Drive.
Pichardo was stopped by police a short time later and was arrested when he was discovered to not have a valid driver’s license, according to authorities. During the stop, a police dog helped police discover the presence of drugs. The following day, the enforcement group executed a search warrant at the business and discovered the marijuana.
DuPage County State’s Atty. Robert Berlin lauded the work of police. “Because of their efforts nearly two tons of marijuana will not make it to the streets,” he said.
The men have been charged with Class X felonies, meaning they could face a maximum 30-year prison sentence. They are set to be arraigned Sept. 19.
via : Chicago Tribune
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