Two men face felony drug-posession charges after investigators confiscated more than 100 pounds of synthetic marijuana, some of it labeled as "Scooby Snax," from a Northwest Side warehouse, police said.
Davendra Patel, 61, and Rajendrakumar Patel, 52, each face felony possession of a controlled substance charges, after police raided a warehouse in the 4100 block of West Belmont Avenue on Monday, according to police. Each was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail in midday Cook County Bond Court hearings today, according to jail records.
After a task force that monitors package carrier shipments to intercept drug shipments alerted police on Friday that a 64-pound drug shipment might be headed to Chicago, police and the state’s attorney’s office were able to get a search warrant for the warehouse, police said in a news release.
The warehouse, which police believe served as a hub for drug-distribution, contained 100 pounds of synthetic marijuana, which was made illegal in Illinois this year. The drugs are estimated to carry a street value of about $775,000, according to police.
Some of the synthetic marijuana was labeled as "Scooby Snax" potpourri.
In addition to the synthetic marijuana, police also found more 100 cases of drug paraphernalia, including scales and plastic bags to package the drugs, as well as cash, in the warehouse.
Both Devandra Patel, of the 300 block of West Tuttle Drive in Bloomingdale, amd Rajendrakumar Patel, of the 4400 block of West Lawrence Avenue, were arrested at the warehouse, police said.
The arrests represent the first prosecution in Cook County of anyone under the law that made synthetic marijuana illegal, prosecutors said.
The two men are due back in court in Branch 44 of Cook County Criminal Court on Oct. 10.
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