Police Take 200 Pot Plants from South Side Home

Over 200 marijuana plants were seized in early morning raid

By Tania Pacheco
|  Monday, Nov 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 PM CDT
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Chicago police managed to seize hundreds of marijuana plants from a home on Chicago's South Side Sunday night. But they missed the owner.

"The intended target was not present," said police news affairs officer John Mirabelli, but two young children were taken from the residence.

Just after midnight, cops executed a warrant at a home on the 7400 block of South Lafayette Ave. in Englewood.

There, they found what Mirabelli described as a "quite sophisticated" drug cultivation operation. 

More than 200 marijuana plants, ranging from mere inches to over 5 feet tall, were seized in the raid, he said, adding that the residence was equipped with an irrigation and ventilation system as well as indoor growing lights.

Officers also said they collected a bulletproof vest and an unspecified weapon from the premises.

No further details on the ages of the children or whether their parents were present during the raid were disclosed.

Quintion Curtis with the Chicago Fire Department’s Public Affairs office confirmed, “there was a unit sent out just on stand by early this morning but they weren't needed.”

The street value of seized cannabis is yet to be determined.

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