FLORIDA -- Two Florida men have been charged with smuggling more than $5 million worth of marijuana after Cook County sheriff’s police pulled over a semi-trailer truck in Mount Prospect and discovered the drugs hidden in a load of carrots.
Abraham Garcia-Acosta, 44, and Diego Diaz-Perez, 49, are each charged with possessing more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana following their arrest Monday at a Days Inn on Higgins Road.
Police pulled the truck over after it returned to the Days Inn and questioned Garcia-Acosta, who was driving.
“The defendant made conflicting statements about the load in the semi,” Assistant State’s Attorney Kilby Macfadden said in court. Garcia-Acosta gave consent to search the truck, and police found 80 packages of marijuana with a street value of $5.3 million hidden among boxes of carrots, she said.
Both defendants are Mexico natives who have been living in Florida for a decade, according to their court-appointed attorney.
Judge Ramon Ocasio III set a $15,000 cash bond for each.