Man charged, $350K in pot seized in raid
By Erin gallagher Correspondent February 18, 2014 7:30PM
Nhat Van Hoangwas | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's office
Updated: February 19, 2014 10:44AM
After a six-month investigation, Will County sheriff’s police arrested a Chicago man and seized $350,000 worth of marijuana plants Sunday from a house in Manhattan, police said.
The sheriff’s police Gang Suppression Unit, assisted by Manhattan police, raided the house, 25212 Spring St., in the Brookstone subdivision, about 8:30 p.m., confiscating 639 marijuana plants, a digital scale, a heat sealer, numerous boxes of heat-sealed bags and a 2005 Acura sport utility vehicle, according to police.
A man renting the house, Nhat Van Hoang, was not there during the raid but was arrested there Monday by sheriff’s police and Manhattan police.
Hoang is charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor for growing marijuana, possessing it with the intent to sell it and possessing drug equipment.
Sheriff’s police issued a statement, saying the basement of the house was divided into growing rooms, “each containing elaborate electrical, venting and irrigation systems.”
Sheriff’s police spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said Hoang is not the owner of the house, and his driver’s license lists his address as 5830 N. Jersey Ave., Chicago.
Neighbors who asked not to be identified said Hoang, usually accompanied by a woman they thought was his wife, did not live in the home. They said the two would come every Sunday and Wednesday around noon and leave in the late afternoon.
“They would make a point to wave to you or smile or act like they saw you,” one neighbor said.