$5M Pot Hidden in Carrot Shipment

Two men from Florida were charged with possession of more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Two Florida men were arrested in Elk Grove Village this week with more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana concealed in a shipment of carrots. 

Abraham Garcia-Acosta, 44, of Loxahatchee, Fla., and Diego Diaz-Perez, 49, of West Palm Beach, Fla., were charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. Bond was set at $50,000.

A Cook County Sheriff's narcotics unit investigated Garcia-Acosta and Diaz-Perez based on a tip and followed them to two different Elk Grove Village hotels.

Police pulled over their truck for a traffic violation on Monday and found 80 plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana. The drugs, valued at approximately $5,325,000, were concealed in a load of carrots in the truck's trailer.

The men are due in Chicago court on April 8.
 

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