Police: 1,500 pounds of marijuana seized
PHOTO PROVIDED Indiana State Police said Saturday that officers seized 1,500 pounds of marijuana after a bust in Hammond earlier in the week.

Indiana State Police seized about 1,500 pounds of marijuana in a Hammond drug bust earlier in the week, officials said Saturday.

An anonymous tip that state police received led to the arrest of three men who were charged Wednesday with dealing more than 10 pounds of marijuana, a Class C felony, police said.

The estimated street value of the drugs is $1.2 million, police said.

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Juan Torres, 25, of Hammond; Samuel Garcia, 20, of Chicago; and Santiago Barbosa, 48, of Chicago, are being held at Lake County Jail, police said.

During the investigation, state police said they observed suspicious activity at 546 Detroit St. in Hammond. Hammond police helped state police make several traffic stops as part of the probe, authorities said, which led to the seizure of about 500 pounds of marijuana.

Police officers obtained a search warrant for the residence and discovered an additional 1,000 pounds of marijuana in the basement later that day, police said.

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