5 men, 1 woman in custody in Dolton drug bust

2014-05-09T15:15:00Z 2014-05-09T21:07:09Z 5 men, 1 woman in custody in Dolton drug bustGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 09, 2014 3:15 pm  • 

DOLTON | Five men suspected of trying to break into a house where police believe marijuana was processed and sold were in custody Friday — along with a woman who resides at the home.

Police also are looking for another person of interest in the case involving a house in the 15000 block of University Avenue.

Investigators received an anonymous call Thursday saying several men were trying to enter a house in the neighborhood.

When police arrived, the men were trying to drive away, Dolton Police Chief John Franklin said. Police stopped and arrested five at the scene. One man fled on foot.

Franklin said three of the men had large amounts of cash in their pockets, along with a bag of cash underneath a car seat. In total, $21,340 was found.

Village President Riley Rogers said a warrant executed for the house Friday turned up more than $99,000 in cash and 338 grams of marijuana.

Franklin said police also recovered scales and machines used to seal plastic bags shut. 

“It appears the house was used as a place to process marijuana for sale,” Franklin said.

While the house was being searched, a woman arrived, telling police she was its sole resident, Franklin said. He said she denied being involved with marijuana.

Franklin said the five men are likely to be charged with residential burglary. The woman faces a charge of possession of cannabis.

All six are likely to appear in court for bond hearings Saturday at the Criminal Courts Building in Chicago. Franklin was unable to identify any of the six, saying charges were not official yet.

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