By Deanese Williams-Harris
6:11 PM CST, February 22, 2012
Four people were charged in connection with an Englewood drug ring after police seized more than $6 million in marijuana along with crack cocaine during separate arrests on the South Side.
Englewood District officers began an investigation after gathering information about drug sales on the 5900 block of South Lowe Street, police said.
While watching the area Tuesday, officers watched a person place cannabis and crack cocaine into a trunk of a vehicle before driving away, police said.
When officers pulled the vehicle over, they found crack cocaine and cannabis worth an estimated street value of more than $10,000, police said.
The occupants of the vehicle, both felons, were carrying about $3,000 in cash, police said.
Further investigation led officers to 2,100 pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of about $6 million, and 64 grams of crack cocaine worth about $7,800, police said.
Officers also seized an additional $6,300 in cash, officials said.
Keith Mackmore, 39, of the 2000 block of West 68th Street was charged with one felony count each of possession of a controlled substance-cocaine and possession of cannabis.
Atef M. Dissi, 27, of the 4500 block of West 77th Place was charged with one felony count of manufacturing and delivering cannabis and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to vehicles.
Nika P. Hines, 27, of the 8000 block of South Ada Street was charged with one felony count of cannabis trafficking and was cited for a traffic violation, police said.
Gregory Wright, 28, of the 5900 block of South Emerald Avenue was charged with misdemeanor possession of cannabis.
Three defendants appeared in bond court today where Dissi was ordered held in lieu of $90,000, Hines $40,000 and Mackmore $30,000. No information on the misdemeanor charge was available.
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