Gerardo Correa / photo from KAMEG
Two men who grew high-grade marijuana in rural Kankakee County, then sold it from a home in Chicago, are facing federal narcotics charges after agents seized more than $7 million worth of cannabis.
Gerardo Correa and Jose Haro-Gutierrez were arrested about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday in a wooded area near County Roads 13750E and 1500S near Kankakee, where federal agents had previously found several plots of cultivated high-grade cannabis, according to a release from the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group.
“It appears the illegal activity in Pembroke Township has been afoot for more than a year and the offenders took advantage of the rural and wooded area to conceal this significant operation,” KAMEG Director Jamal Simington said in a statement.
After the arrests, agents executed a search warrant at Correa’s home in the 9600 block of South Muskegon in Chicago, where they found about 25 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale, eight additional cannabis plants, ammunition and about $18,520 in cash, the release said.
Correa, 29, and Haro-Gutierrez, 29, of the 10500 block of South Torrence, face federal charges of production of more than 1,000 cannabis sativa plants, and possession with intent to manufacture or distribute 1,000 or more cannabis plants, the release said. Additional charges are pending.
At the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Urbana, a federal judge ordered them detained pending indictment and trial, the release said.
KAMEG and Illinois State Police agents eradicated 1,468 cannabis plants during the investigation, and seized a vehicle, fertilizers and insecticides, along with an array of planting, cultivating and packaging materials, the release said.