On Thursday, July 23, 2015 at approximately 7:00 a.m., West Chicago police officers, assisted by agents from the Department of Homeland Security, executed a search warrant at 903 Knollwood Lane, West Chicago.
In the basement of the house, investigators discovered a sophisticated cannabis growing operation covering about half of the floor space in the basement. More than 70 mature cannabis plants were seized, along with grow lamps and air circulation and venting equipment. The plants weighed about 70 pounds or more than 31,000 grams. The street value of the cannabis was approximately $210,000.
“This was the largest growing operation we have seen in the City of West Chicago during my 20 year career. It was producing a notable amount of cannabis using sophisticated methods”, said Detective Sergeant Julio Calabrese.
The homeowner, 50-year-old Robert Williams, was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Cannabis Sativa Plants, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, and Unlawful Production or Possession of Cannabis Sativa Plants. Unlawful Manufacture of Cannabis Sativa Plants is a class X felony, punishable by no less than six, and no more than thirty-years in prison.
The arrest was the result of a months-long investigation culminating with the search warrant being signed by a judge. The West Chicago Police Department wishes to thank the Department of Homeland Security for its assistance in this investigation. For further information, please contact Detective Sergeant Julio Calabrese at (630) 293-2222 or email@example.com, or Commander Eric Shipman at firstname.lastname@example.org.