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Three in Chicago suburb charged with marijuana trafficking

The value of the 68 pounds of marijuana seized in a suburban Chicago house is estimated at $310,000, news reports stated. The Naperville Police Department said it received information about illegal drug activity at the rental home and officers then obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Two Illinois men and a California man were arrested. Each was charged with the class X felony of possession with intent to deliver over 5,000 grams and with possession of cannabis over 5,000 grams, a class 1 felony.

The 22-year-old from La Puente, California, was also charged with a super X felony: cannabis trafficking.

The other two men, 27 and 23 years old, are from Rockford, police told a news outlet.

In addition to the weed seized, law enforcement officials also seized two motor vehicles and about $4,000 in cash, they said.

According to Illinois state law, class X felonies carry a minimum sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison and a maximum sentence of from 15 to 60 years depending on the type of substance and amount involved.

Those facing these types of serious charges should decline to speak to investigators and prosecutors until they have had a chance to speak with an attorney experienced in criminal defense. Possible defenses to these kinds of drug-trafficking allegations include lack of knowledge and entrapment.

Prosecutors and investigators have one job, which is to put you behind bars. Criminal defense lawyers have one job as well, which is to defend your rights and freedom.

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