Evanston police can hope that whoever left 100 pounds of pot in a recycling container over the weekend will come forward to claim it -- but investigators are not getting their hopes too high.
"I don't think anybody will come forward to claim it," said Commander Jay Parrott. "We're still investigating."
On Saturday afternoon, a resident called police after discovering "suspicious items" in a recycling container in the 1000 block of Brown Avenue, police said. When officers looked inside the 50-gallon container, they found nine packaged blocks of marijuana having a total weight of approximately 100 pounds and a street value of more than $100,000.
"I don't know what the thought process was of the person who put it there," Parrott said. "Obviously it was somebody who was dealing. I don't know if there was a planned exchange this way. We don't know."
But he said the resident’s alert to police has helped authorities put a dent in cannabis distribution in the north suburbs.
"The fact that it was on the weekend, obviously they didn't think there was any type of garbage collection or recycling pickup during the weekend," said Parrott. "We believe they placed it there for an exchange. No one thinks they're going to look in that type of container for contraband."