Man Charged After 300 Pounds of Marijuana Recovered in Traffic Stop

The marijuana was allegedly worth more than $1 million

A man arrested after police recovered more than 300 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on the city's West Side was released Sunday on electronic monitoring.

James Hargett, 37, was charged after police recovered approximately 386 pounds of cannabis, which has an estimated value of more than $1 million, police said.

Hargett was pulled over after police saw him commit a traffic violation in the 1700 block of North Moody Avenue. When they attempted to curb the vehicle, Hargett fled the scene. When he reached the 6200 block of West Cortland, he left his vehicle and fled on foot. Officers discovered Hargett hiding under a porch and then proceeded to inspect his vehicle.

Hargett was charged with one felony count of possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, one misdemeanor count for being uninsured and several traffic citations.

A judge set Hargett's bail at $30,000 during a Sunday court appearance. Hargett was released after posting a 10 percent bond.

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