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The McHenry County Sheriff's Office announced today that it has made four arrests and found nearly 150 marijuana plants valued at nearly $150,000 in a pair of recent busts at homes in the county.

Two men and a woman were arrested late last week after the sheriff's office received a tip about an indoor marijuana growing operation at a home in the 12000 block of Hensel Road near Huntley, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

Police investigated Friday and while there, the home's occupants apparently saw the officers and burned some of the marijuana in the building's fireplace in an apparent attempt to destroy the evidence, according to McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke.

That just gave the deputies more evidence that something was happening here, Zinke said, and after a search warrant was obtained and executed, deputies found a hydroponics growing operation and collected about 100 marijuana plants, lights and other items. The value of the marijuana plants is about $100,000.

The release said the three people arrested Friday are Mike A. Mason, 39, of the 200 block of South Bartlett Road, in Streamwood, and Kristine M Depew, 32, and Danny W. Depew, 40, both of the address where the arrests were made. Mason is charged only with obstruction of a peace officer, and the charges against both Depews included unlawful production, manufacturing, and possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bonds were set at $15,000 for Mason, $30,000 for Kristine Depew and $40,000 for Danny Depew. Their next court hearing is May 23.

A Woodstock man was charged with multiple drug-related felonies after deputies said they found marijuana plants with a street value of $47,000 in his house.

Lucas Declercq, 33, of the 1000 block of Castleshire Drive, was arrested at his house after sheriff's deputies said they found 47 marijuana plant in a basement closet and two storage rooms in the garage, according to a press release issued today.

Police said they also seized lights, ballasts and other equipment used in the production of marijuana plants.

Police said Declercq had been stopped on Saturday in a 2006 Chrysler near Lake Avenue and Dick Tracy Way and received a warning citation for driving with an expired registration. Officers going through the paperwork later realized they had forgotten to return Declercq's drivers license, said Zinke.

Police went to Declercq's house to return the license, and when a family member opened the door, they were overwhelmed by the odor of the marijuana plants, Zinke said.

"It was just a matter of good police work and being at the right place at the right time," Zinke said.

Police said Declercq was charged with felony counts of manufacturing and possession of marijuana, as well as manufacturing marijuana plants. Bond was set at $20,000. He is due in court on May 16.

Andrea L. Brown contruibuted to this report.

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