Reporting Bernie Tafoya
CHICAGO (WBBM) - Police are seeking a male suspect after they seized more than $1 million in marijuana plants from a South Side home early Monday morning.
At about midnight, officers executed a search warrant and found more than 200 live marijuana plants as well as packaged marijuana inside a house in the 7400 block of South Lafayette Avenue, according to News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
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The value of the plants was estimated at more than $1 million Monday morning. Vans used to transport inmates were called to the scene to transport the plants, police said.
Most of the plants were found in the basement, where police also discovered a “sophisticated and contained” operation that included an irrigation system, grow lights and duct work for ventilation, Mirabelli said. The marijuana plants found at the scene ranged between six inches and five feet in height.
Officers conducting an ongoing investigation uncovered information that led them to conduct the raid, according to Mirabelli.
The male “target” of the investigation was not home at the time, but his identity is known, Mirabelli said.
Two young girls were taken from the home, but their connection to the suspect was not iknown, Mirabelli said.