By Alicia Fabbre
Special to the Tribune
3:09 PM CST, January 30, 2013
A 30-year-old Romeoville man faces various drug-related charges after police uncovered a marijuana growing operation at a Plainfield home, where an estimated $500,000 worth of plants was found.
Quy Doan of the 200 block of Zinnia Drive faces various felony drug-related charges including manufacture and delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and possession of a controlled substance, both Class X felonies.
Plainfield police executed a search warrant at the house in the 12900 block of Tipperary Lane on Tuesday, following an investigation with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Inside, police found 92 cannabis plants, about 65 pounds of loose cannabis, equipment used to grow the plants and 100 ecstasy pills.
“It's the biggest operation I've seen,” Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek said Wednesday. “The entire house was set up to be an indoor grow operation.”
Konopek noted that all but one bedroom, a bathroom and the garage was used to grow marijuana plants. He added that the growers also had drilled a hole in the basement foundation to illegally tap into electrical supplies and avoid large electric bills, which would have sent up red flags. Police also found an irrigation system that involved using the well for the home's sump pump.
“They were not selling out of the house,” Konopek said. “But absent that, they had an entire operation—from the time you put the seeds in to the time you cultivate it.”
He noted the growers had built rooms inside other rooms to support the operation. They also had rigged electrical wiring to support lamps and other equipment used in the indoor grow operation.
Police estimate the value of the 92 plants at about $500,000 and the equipment used to grow the plants between $50,000 to $100,000. Konopek said based on what police found, the house was being used to grow marijuana for at least six months—likely more.
“From the outside it looked like an absolutely normal house,” Konopek said, declining to give information about how the home came to the department's attention.
He noted that once police arrived to execute the search warrant, they could smell marijuana 10 feet from the home.
Konpek said Plainfield police uncovered another indoor grow operation about two years ago.
Though he does not believe there are any other homes in Plainfield linked to the grow operation at Tipperary Lane, he said police suspect there are homes in other communities tied to the operation.
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