CHICAGO — This drug-trafficking investigation proved fruitful for Chicago police.
Police found 2,500 pounds — almost $7 million worth — of pot hidden in 1,000 buckets of frozen strawberries in a South side warehouse, police said.
Police first found part of the stash of marijuana in a rental truck driven by Martin Rosas, 41.
While officers were told the cargo was frozen fruit, they knew the truck was not refrigerated and that Rosas, of suburban Dolton, was driving it to a residential driveway.
There cops discovered about 350 pounds —$850,000 worth — of pot in the truck after weeding through the buckets of frozen strawberries.
Rosas was charged with possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a felony, and held in lieu of $100,000 bail Thursday.
Police said the drugs were intended to be distributed to major gang factions near South St. Lawrence Avenue and East 80th Street in Chatham and East 83rd Street and South Commercial Avenue in South Chicago.