Local Police Reports

Load of Carrots Conceals Five Million Dollars in Cannabis

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–March 16, 2011— Bond has been set at $50,000 cash for two men caught with more than 1,000 pounds of cannabis, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Wednesday.

Abrahan Garcia-Acosta Diego Diaz-Perez

Abrahan Garcia-Acosta, 44, of Loxahatchee, Florida and Diego Diaz-Perez, 49, of West Palm Beach, Florida have both been charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class X felony.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Police South Narcotics Unit began investigating Garcia-Acosta and Diaz-Perez based on a tip, conducting surveillance and following them to two different hotels in Elk Grove Village.  The investigation led detectives to a white semi-tractor trailer truck with Florida registration in a motel parking lot.

On March 14th, police stopped Garcia-Acosta after he committed a traffic violation while driving the truck.  Garcia-Acosta and passenger Diaz-Perez gave conflicting stories about the contents of the vehicle and their destination.  During the questioning, Garcia-Acosta gave police consent to search the trailer.  Elk Grove Village Police K-9 units were called in for assistance, and gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics.  After a search of the truck, Sheriff’s Police discovered eighty large plastic-wrapped bundles containing suspect cannabis.  A load of carrots was being used to conceal the drugs.

Carrots and Cannabis 1

Carrots and Cannabis 2

Carrots and Cannabis 3

Carrots and Cannabis 4

Garcia-Acosta and Diaz-Perez were arrested and taken to the Cook County Sheriff’s Police headquarters in Maywood for processing.  Officers removed 1,173 pounds of cannabis from the truck, with an estimated street value of approximately $5,325,000.

The next court date for the two men is April 8th at 26th and California.

Source: cookcountysheriff.org