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Ill. traffic stop leads to Cottonwood Heights pot bust

By Stephanie Grimes | Posted - Jan 14th, 2013 @ 7:23pm

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — A traffic stop in Illinois has led police to a marijuana grow in a Cottonwood Heights home.

Police stopped a Utah resident in Illinois and during a search of his car, discovered a "significant" amount of marijuana. The man admitted to police he was growing marijuana in his residence in Cottonwood Heights, according to Sgt. Gary Young with the Cottonwood Heights Police Department.

Young said police obtained a search warrant for the man's house at 7960 Willow Stream, where they discovered a "significant grow of two or three dozen mature plants and several packages of marijuana ready for distribution."

The man appeared to be living alone and operating the grow himself, Young said. He said police are unsure of how much marijuana had entered the community from the grow or if there were other grows, but that "two or three dozen mature plants is a significant grow, especially in a house."

"I'm not sure how come he took it too Chicago; maybe they had better prices." Sgt. Gary Young, CHPD

The man, whose name has not been released, had no known connections to cartels, although why he was taking the marijuana out of state is still unclear.

"I'm not sure how come he took it to Chicago; maybe they had better prices," Young said. "I'm not sure of the dynamics of it, but if he's growing it locally and selling it in Illinois, that would be interesting. He wouldn't have to worry about getting caught other than driving to and from (the grow)."

Young said he was unsure of the specifics of the traffic stop that led to the man's arrest, and the date of the arrest was unavailable on Monday.

"I'm not sure of the extent of it, but I'm glad we were able to take one grow out of the neighborhood," Young said. "It's a nice, quiet subdivision; I don't think the neighbors knew what was going on."



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