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.READ MORE: Police Release Video Of Suspects Wanted In Death Of 18-Year-Old Azul De La Garza
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.READ MORE: Chicago Police Officers Refusing To Report Vaccine Status Expected To Protest Outside Police Headquarters Tuesday
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.MORE NEWS: Man Shot While Sitting Inside Auburn Gresham Home