Bust Nets More than $8M Worth of Pot: Officials

Of four men charged, only one in U.S. legally, authorities say

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011  |  Updated 5:30 PM CDT
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More than $8 million worth of pot was found in two north side homes, and four men -- only one of them in the country legally -- now face drug trafficking charges, authorities said.

The approximately 3,000 pounds of marijuana were recovered from two homes after an extensive investigation, authorities said. 

One home, on the 3200 block of North Odell Avenue, contained approximately a half-ton of the drug, all packaged in separate shrink-wrapped bundles. 

Inside a second stash house, on the 4700 block of North Central Avenue, police and agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency said they found another ton of pot and a 9mm handgun.

The four men charged with manufacturing or delivering marijuana include Cesar Diaz, 33, of the 3200 block of North Odell; Samuel Alvarez, 25, also of the 3200 block North Odell; Omar Gonzalez, 37, of the 4700 block of North Central Avenue and Mario Rodriguez, 19, also of the 4700 block of North Central Avenue.

All four are scheduled to make court appearances on April 13.

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