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Dolton man’s strawberries come with a bonus: $6.8 million in cannabis

MartRosas 41 1200 block East 147th Street Doltis charged with possessing more than 5000 grams cannabis. / Phocourtesy Chicago Police

Martin Rosas, 41, of the 1200 block of East 147th Street in Dolton, is charged with possessing more than 5000 grams of cannabis. / Photo courtesy of Chicago Police

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A Dolton man is being held on a $100,000 bond Thursday after police found more than 2,500 pounds of cannabis hidden in buckets of frozen strawberries in a rental truck.

Martin Rosas of the 1200 block of East 147th Street in Dolton was charged with possessing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

Police launched an investigation into narcotics trafficking on the Southeast Side, and began surveillance of Rosas’ rental vehicle after learning the cargo was frozen strawberries, but the truck was not refrigerated.

Officers approached Rosas, who cooperated with the investigation, and a Chicago Police K9 unit detected cannabis inside the buckets of fruit, according to police.

Officers found more cannabis and a handgun at his Dolton’s residence, and also found hundreds of buckets of frozen strawberries and more cannabis at a South Side warehouse.

In total, police found more than 2,500 pounds of cannabis in more than 1,000 buckets of strawberries. The pot was planned for distribution to major gang factions on the Southeast Side, according to police.

Police estimate the drugs have a street value of $6.8 million.

Rosas is next scheduled to appear in court Dec. 19.



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