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Marijuana cache goes up in smoke, cook county illinois
    #4730765 - 09/29/05 11:43 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Marijuana cache goes up in smoke
Authorities collect, burn 6,000 plants from forest preserves

By Tom Rybarczyk
Tribune staff reporter
Published September 29, 2005


More than 6,000 marijuana plants--with their pungent mint aroma wafting yards away--went up in smoke Wednesday in a kind of celebration by county, state and federal authorities who raided pot fields in the Cook County forest preserves.

"This year the harvest hasn't been as big as it has in the past," said forest preserve district Police Chief Richard Waszak. The drought "hurt these farmers just like it hits legit Illinois farmers," he said.

The Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program has bagged about a dozen arrests in recent years of what Waszak and federal Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Pete Probst call professional growers.

Pictures of the harvest, Waszak said, show that this crop was not "ditch weed," marijuana that grows naturally. The growers show care and concern for their intoxicant-producing plant, nurturing seedlings into 6-, 7- and sometimes 12-foot-long stalks, Waszak said.

But this year's crop contained mostly 5- and 6-foot plants with a few reaching 8 feet, Waszak said. The seizure from several fields in the south suburbs filled two pickup trucks and would have been worth about $12 million on the street.

To find the contraband plots, forest preserve police teams, trained by the DEA, scour the 68,000 acres of land controlled by the district on foot, in vehicles and by helicopter, Waszak said. The DEA and other agencies, including Illinois State Police and Cook County sheriff's police, have helped the Forest Preserve District.

"This endangers our property. They cut down trees, weeds, trample some flowers," Waszak said. "They don't plant these out in the open. It's usually in desolate areas. They are not concerned about our stuff. They just want to plant their marijuana."

Forest preserves have become more popular as growing sites as it becomes more difficult to move drugs across the Mexican border, Probst said.

Waszak and Probst said they expect growers to try their hand again next year in Cook County, especially in the south suburbs where several forest preserve ponds make for a good water supply.

"It's a bigger thing now in the last few years, especially since 9/11," Probst said. "It's much harder to transport this stuff now."


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Re: Marijuana cache goes up in smoke, cook county illinois [Re: ZippoZ]
    #4730784 - 09/29/05 11:46 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

One more day of aerial surveillance for 90+% of the country.


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Re: Marijuana cache goes up in smoke, cook county illinois [Re: Organic]
    #4730794 - 09/29/05 11:48 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

as an avid hiker, i can tell you that they only got the shit that was blatant.


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"People do it every day, they talk to themselves ... they see themselves as they'd like to be, they don't have the courage you have, to just run with it."


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Re: Marijuana cache goes up in smoke, cook county illinois [Re: ZippoZ]
    #4740395 - 10/01/05 10:59 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

six million bux per pickup load? What idiot believes that? Oh well, it gives them funding to be stupid next year too.
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