The cargo was supposed to be buckets of frozen strawberries, but officers noticed the truck was not refrigerated and was headed to a home.
the truck pulled into a driveway on the South Side Wednesday night, officers
sent police dogs into the back and discovered that 350 pounds of marijuana had
been embedded in the strawberries. They took a man in custody and
went to his Dolton home, where they found more marijuana and a handgun.
Eventually, officers were led to a South Side warehouse
where they found hundreds of buckets of frozen strawberries with marijuana
In all, police said they recovered more than
1,000 buckets of strawberries containing more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana
destined for gangs in the areas of 80th Street and St. Lawrence Avenue, and 83rd
Street and Commercial Avenue.
Officials estimated the street value at
Martin Rosas, 41, of the 1200 block of East 147th Street in
Dolton, was charged with possessing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis.
Police said the department's Bureau of Organized Crime and the Narcotics
Division began the investigation after receiving a tip about a group who were
involved in drug trafficking on the Southeast Side,