Up in Smoke: Illinois’ Biggest Drug Busts

The most amazing pot, pill and drug arrests on record.

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Oh, THAT pot. Ummm, it's for the dog.
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April 2013 |
O'Hare Officials said a drug dog on Monday afternoon sniffed out a shipment of more than 30 pounds of opium-saturated materials inside four international mail shipments.
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January 2013|
Police said they recovered drugs at the pair of locations, one on the 1300 block of Darrow Avenue and the other on the 2000 block of Warren Street.
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December 2012|
Police said were charged and three pit bulls were killed during a drug bust early Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
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November 2012|
Will County Forest Preserve Police burned more than 400 marijuana plants Saturday morning after a hidden field of the illegal crop was discovered the previous week.
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Police said they found 14 mature cannabis plants, thirty seedlings, and drug and grow paraphernalia at Juro Konstantinov's home in Glenview while conducting a routine eviction. The Cook County Sheriff's Police North Narcotics Team seized 5000 grams of cannabis worth an estimated street value of $40,000.
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June 2011 |
Arnulfo Saldana (L) and Hugo Sanchez (R) were arrested after police found more than 800 pounds of marijuana and $57,000 in cash on Chicago's southwest side.
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April 2011 | |
Three tons of marijuana was found in a moving truck in Stone Park. The amount found was worth over $27 million.
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April 2011 |
Over $1.5 billion worth of heroin was seized on the southwest side.
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March 2011 |
Over $8 million worth of pot was seized from two north side homes. Of the four men convicted, only one was in the U.S. legally.
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March 2011 |
Chicago Police seized $93,000 worth of cocaine and $30,000 in cash.
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Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office
February 2011 |
Thirteen alleged members of two drug rings were arrested.
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San Diego Zoo Global
December 2010 |
In what authorities are calling the largest pot bust in Chicago, nearly 11 tons of marijuana were found into six railroad cars arriving from Mexico.
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November 2010 |
nMore than 200 marijuana plants, ranging from mere inches to over 5 feet tall, were seized in a raid a home on the 7400 block of South Lafayette Ave. in Englewood.
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November 2010 |
Aliu Burim, 28, was arrested after police allegedly found 69 pounds of marijuana in his 2010 GMC Yukon. A drug-sniffing dog led police to the stash valued at $350,000.
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September 2010 |
Giovanni Lyles-Dawson told cops "There's no weed in the car because I smoked it all," when he was pulled over for expired license plates.
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September 2010 |
Chad Lowrence of Crystal Lake was arrested three times this year for possession of heroin charges while awaiting his trial for a residential burglary he allegedly committed in 2008.
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September 2010 |
Police arrested Juan Gonzalez, 55 and Julio Corral, 52, both of Cicero, after finding 2,000 grams of cocaine in their possession worth $600,000.
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September 2010 |
A young west suburban Naperville woman faces a potential 40-year prison term for illegally possessing 201 ecstacy pills.
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Chicago Police
August 2010 |
In one week, Chicago Police seized $1.7 million in drugs, arrested 48 people and seized 14 guns including an AK-47.
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July 2010 |
Members of the Chicago Police Department seized 26 kilos of cocaine (estimated street value of $3.5 million) after tailing two vehicles in an ongoing investigation. Officers also recovered over $1 million in cash.
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June 2010 |
Chicago police officers made one of the biggest drug busts in Chicago history when they arrested a Lyons man stashing 5,525 pounds and $20 million worth of marijuana in his home.
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Pontiac Police Department
May 2010 |
Authorities found between 300 and 350 pounds of pot aboard this plane.
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May 2010 |
A man accused of smashing his car into a tree and killing his girlfriend's 5-year-old son while being drunk and high on marijuana.
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May 2010 |
Cops arrested a CTA worker after he was caught selling marijuana at the Wilson Red line stop.
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March 2010 |
Forty-two packages of cocaine, $12,000 in cash and seven guns that were recovered during the arrest of an alleged gang member in March, police said.
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AP
March 2010 |
A Southwest Side auto repair shop is suspected of being a cover for a large-scale drug trafficking operation. Police find $8 million worth of narcotics, handguns, vehicles and cash.
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February 2010 |
Librarian Heidi Keller and teacher Adrian Ortiz were busted by Cook County Sheriff's for growing pot in their Bridgeport home. Sheriff Tom Dart said it was a $250,000 take.
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US Coast Guard
February 2010 |
Police in Tuscola, Illinois pulled over a truck with more than two tons -- yes tons -- of herb in the back. Police there called it a record bust.
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February 2010 |
A massive amount of marijuana, with an estimated value of over $9.3 million, was seized last week by Illinois State Police.
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February 2010 |
An East St. Louis man was found guilty of possessing and distributing more than 220 pounds of marijuana
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February 2010 |
Zion police found a grow room in the basement of a high school dean's house. She's since taken a leave of absence.
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February 2010 |
Park Ridge police discovered
22 pounds of pot in the suburban home of Hyung J. Park, 22.
Illinois State Police
July 2009 |
Illinois State Troopers pulled over a semi in Bloomington, Illinois
carrying more than one ton of mary jane. The haul was valued at more than $10 million.
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Kane County Sheriff
Juan Quinones-Barraza was arrested and charged with two counts of possession on Oct. 13. Kane County Police found 6 ounces of cocaine with a street value of $15,000.
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Michelle Relerford
October 2012 |
Police discover two football fields worth of Marijuana while flying overhead in a helicopter.
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October 2012|
Last month Villa Park's police chief allegedly made a pot bust right outside his home.
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