Pot plants, guns, cash found at Oak Lawn house
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org June 17, 2014 6:56PM
This is the home where Oak Lawn police recently found two dozen marijuana plants and more than 30 guns when they helped the owner, who had been injured. | Steve Metsch/Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 19, 2014 6:32AM
An ambulance call to a house this month led to a big surprise for Oak Lawn police — a marijuana growing business, more than 30 guns and more than $77,000 in cash.
When police responded June 6 to an ambulance call at 9717 Tulley Ave., they found a man lying on the ground and bleeding from a cut on his head, police said. They said Kris Bond, 58, was unable to sit upright, his speech was slurred, and he told police that he had been drinking because his friend was in the hospital and about to die.
As officers assisted Bond into his house, they were greeted by an overwhelming odor of marijuana and saw a pistol on the kitchen table, police said. Officers then found several rifles and ammunition on the floor of the family room, and as they secured the guns, they discovered a marijuana growing room in an upstairs bedroom, according to police.
They said Bond agreed to go a hospital for treatment, and police locked the house and obtained a search warrant for it, returning to find 24 marijuana plants in the bedroom along with a system of lights, fans and power convertors, fertilizing chemicals and a hydration system, Police Division Chief Michael Kaufmann said Tuesday.
They also found 30 firearms — including numerous shotguns, a 9mm handgun and a .357 revolver — in rooms throughout the house, Kaufmann said. In a safe in the bedroom, which police opened after Bond gave them the combination, police found more guns and $76,320 cash, police said.
Bond was arrested June 7 after being released from the hospital and is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana plants and possession of drug paraphernalia, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday. No gun charges were filed as of Tuesday.
There was no response when a reporter knocked on the front door of Bond’s house Tuesday afternoon.
The total amount of money recovered in the house was $77,428 in cash, along with collectible coins worth $19,517, police said.
Police had not been called to the house before, Kaufmann said.
“Just because they grow it there, doesn’t mean they sell it out of the house. Many times, we get guys selling in parking lots,” he said.
Rhonda Johansen, who lives across the street from Bond, said Tuesday that she “never suspected a thing. We never saw him too often. He kind of kept to himself. We never saw people going in and out of the house.”