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Complaints about odor lead to marijuana seizure in Chicago

Police in illinoiss say that complaints about a strange smell emanating from an East Chicago apartment led them to the discovery and seizure of marijuana worth more than $182,000. Several residents of a North Harbor apartment building complained about a strong marijuana smell, and responding police officers identified the apartment and traced the vehicles used by its occupants. On Jan. 29, police pulled over a car driven by a 25-year-old man who had been observed recovering a backpack from a truck registered to one of the apartment's residents, and subsequent searches are said to have yielded 219 pounds of marijuana.

According to reports, the man gave officers permission to search his vehicle after being pulled over on Guthrie Street at approximately 3:30 p.m. During the search, police claim that a bag containing a pound of a green leafy substance was discovered. Police say that the substance was later identified as marijuana. A K9 unit was then called in to perform a more thorough search, and a police dog is said to have sniffed the air around a second vehicle that the man had allegedly been observed getting out of.

A warrant was obtained to conduct a thorough search of the second vehicle, and the packages of drugs were allegedly found in eight boxes. Officers took the man into custody on marijuana possession charges and transported him to an East Chicago police station for questioning and processing. The man is said to have told police that the drug haul belonged to a family member.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys may scrutinize probable cause issues closely when presented with facts like these. Police are not permitted to pull vehicles over without reason. Attorneys may advise individuals who are facing serious drug charges to make no incriminating statements or confessions before speaking with a lawyer.

Source: The Times of Northwest Indiana, East Chicago police seize $182K worth of pot during traffic stop in city's North Harbor section, Lauren Cross, Jan. 31, 2018

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