Four men face felony drug-trafficking charges after authorities seized about 3,000 pounds of marijuana from their Northwest Side homes.
Omar Gonzalez, 37, and Mario Rodriguez, 19, both of the 4700 block of North Central Avenue, and Cesar Diaz, 33, and Samuel Alvarez, 25, both of the 3200 block North Odell Avenue, all were arrested at the homes about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in joint raids involving the Chicago Police Narcotics Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration, police said. All four face felony charges of manufacturing or delivering marijuana.
Gonzalez and Rodriguez were ordered held in lieu of $500,000 cash bail while Diaz and Alvarez were ordered held on $200,000 cash bail in a hearing midday today before Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. in Central Bond Court.
Investigators first uncovered evidence the home of Diaz and Alvarez on Odell Avenue might be being used in the drug trade, and later determined the Central Avenue home of Gonzalez and Rodriguez might be a second “stash house,” according to a police news release.
On Tuesday, police, including Jefferson Park District officers, found about 2,000 pounds of marijuana at the Central Avenue home and another 1,000 pounds at the Odell Avenue home. Officers found a 9mm handgun at the Central Avenue home, police said.
In total, police estimated the total street value of the rugs at close to $8.2 million.
All four are scheduled to be in Cook County Court Branch 57 on April 13.
Tribune reporter Jason Meisner contributed.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun