Chicago police uncover marijuana plants ‘as big as Christmas trees’ near highway

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 21:15 EDT
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Chicago police officers were surprised to find about one thousand giant marijuana plants growing alongside the Bishop Ford Expressway.

The officers spotted the plants Tuesday while flying over Chicago’s far south side in a helicopter.

“The plants are pretty big. They’re as big as Christmas trees,” Chicago police Lt. Michael Ryle told the Chicago Tribune. “Some of the plants are as tall as 10 feet tall.”

Camping equipment and food was found near the plants. Whoever planted the marijuana is still at-large.

Police said the growing operation could have raked in nearly $1 million a year.

Watch video, courtesy of the Associated Press, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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