UPDATED: 10/18/2012 5:30 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) – Police have busted a sophisticated indoor pot-growing operation at a home in the Irving Park neighborhood.
A police gang unit recovered more than 100 marijuana plants, more than $30,000 in cash, and two illegal guns while executing a search warrant in the 3900 block of North Elston Avenue on Wednesday, police said.
Paul Sherman, 50, of the 3900 block of N. Elston was charged with one count of felony manufacturing of marijuana, along with weapons violations.
The seized plants were estimated to weigh over 5,000 pounds combined, and have a street value of about $500,000, police said.
Around 9 p.m., police were seen loading the large marijuana plants seized from the home onto a truck, to be hauled away.
The plants were being grown inside the building, as part of an exotic hydroponic marijuana operation, according to police.