A man who police say was dealing large amounts of marijuana out of his parents’ house was arrested when Cook County sheriff’s deputies serving an eviction notice caught him and another man during a drug deal at the Gage Park house.
Rosendo Diaz, 28, was arrested Wednesday at his home in the 5600 block of South California Avenue and was scheduled to appear in bond court today on felony weapon and drug charges.
Sheriff’s deputies went to the home about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday where Diaz answered the door and let them in, and deputies told Diaz and another man who was in the house, Israel Fernandez, 29, to sit down while they checked for anyone else in the house. Diaz told deputies his parents lived at the home and he lived there with them.
While deputies were there, Diaz’s mother came home and allowed deputies to search further in the house and garage.
In the basement, deputies found gallon-size freezer bags of marijuana on a bed, loose marijuana in containers, a brick of marijuana, a scale, and a semiautomatic handgun and a revolver, according to authorities. In total, police seized 44 pounds of marijuana at the house: 22 pounds in the basement bedroom and 22 pounds under the stairs. The marijuana’s street value was estimated at about $200,000.
Investigators determined Fernandez was at the home to buy marijuana from Diaz, but had not completed the transaction when deputies arrived