Cops Find Pot Stash Worth $7 Million on Northwest Side

By Erin Meyer | September 10, 2013 3:48pm | Updated on September 10, 2013 4:18pm

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Two men face drug charges after police discovered almost $7 million worth of pot on the Northwest Side, prosecutors said.

Manuel Mata, 37, and Joaquin Muneton, 39, had been under surveillance by police when officers serving a warrant found about 960 pounds of pot, a gun and cash in their Portage Park homes early Monday morning.

Officers with the Chicago Police Department Organized Crime Division Narcotics Section serving a warrant discovered more than a dozen large cardboard boxes filled with compressed pot wrapped in green plastic, according to police reports.

Mata, of the 4400 block of North Melvina Avenue, is charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a gun without a valid FOID card, a misdemeanor.

Muneton, of the 3500 block of North Kilpatrick Avenue, faces felony marijuana possession. 

When the two men appeared in court Tuesday, Judge Donald Panarese Jr. set their bail at $250,000 each.