Police Seize Nearly $3M In Drugs; Man Arrested

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County sheriff’s police have seized nearly $3 million in drugs from a man who was receiving suspicious packages in his Morgan Park neighborhood home.

Leroy Scott, 42, of the 10100 block of South Winston Avenue, is charged with the class 1 felony of possession of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana. He was arrested earlier this week, according to the sheriff’s office.

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The Cook County sheriff’s criminal intelligence unit found out that Scott was picking up suspicious packages from the local offices of private shipping carriers. The carriers helped lead authorities to Scott, according to the release.

This past Dec. 11, a box was shipped to Scott’s address under an assumed name. Investigators intercepted the box, and found it had a 5-gallon bucket with 6,819 grams of “kush,” or high-grade marijuana, inside, the sheriff’s office said.

Two more identical buckets were shipped to Scott afterward, with a total of 13,620 grams of kush. Investigators questioned Scott when he picked up the package and put it in his vehicle, as a drug-sniffing dog positively identified the packages, the sheriff’s office said.

Scott was arrested, and after he was in custody, two more packages were mailed to him from a facility in Bourbonnais. Sheriff’s police intercepted those packages, which contained 13,620 more grams of kush in more 5-gallon buckets, the sheriff’s office said.

Altogether, the drugs were worth $2.7 million.

Scott has been held in jail since his arrest.

  • Santa

    Legalize and regulate. Nuff said.

  • Dan

    Legalize, regulate, AND TAX say @ 20% that would have generated $540,000 in tax revenue.

  • santas little helper

    15 lbs per pail comes to just a little over 750 grand…way to inflate those prices Cook County sherriffs!!!!! Must be south side prices…LOL

  • MrsClaus

    Cook County criminal illegiance unit?????….There’s a contradiction of terms if I ever saw one.

  • Average Guy

    It’s not about price, it’s about race. If the person is an African-American the State of Illinois charges the person with selling every damn nickel bag of the weed. As if African-American aren’t buying lbs or ozs for personal use.

  • Average Guy

    5000 grams is 11 lbs. Why not charge he with 11 lbs of weed?

  • Average Guy

    This weed would cost six hundred a gram with a three million price tag. B.S. There is no weed that would cost that much.

  • John

    He was charged with possession of more than 5,000 grams. The total was 20,439 grams.

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