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Police Seize Nearly $3M In Drugs; Man Arrested

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Leroy Scott is charged with possessing nearly $3 million in high-grade marijuana. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

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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.

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