MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR GROW HOUSE BUST
Wednesday, December 22, 2010— Six people have been charged in connection with a Romeoville cannabis grow operation, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Wednesday.
Cuong Van Tran, 31, Vinh Thi Nguyen, 51, Chien Van Tran, 29, Canh Van Tran, 55, all of the 1700 block of William Drive in Romeoville, have been charged with production of cannabis (50 – 200 plants), a Class 2 felony. Bond for the four offenders has been set at $50,000. Additionally, Nghia Tien Dinh, 39, and Hue D. Tuong, 38, both of the 1600 block of Rose Lane in Romeoville, have been charged with production of cannabis (200+ plants), a Class 1 felony. Bond for Dinh and Tuong has been set at $70,000.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Police South Narcotics Unit developed information on the grow house through weeks-long surveillance and investigations into drug trafficking and production in the greater metro area. As a result of the information developed on the Romeoville group, investigators obtained a search warrant for both of their grow house operations on December 20th.
The South Narcotics Unit and Romeoville Police executed the search warrant, while surveillance units took all six offenders into custody.
Inside the home on the 1700 block of William Drive, police found approximately 18 cannabis plants behind concealed rooms in the basement. The group had designed an advanced indoor grow operation, with elaborate lighting, ventilation and irrigation systems. At the second home, located at 1600 Rose Lane, police found another cannabis grow operation that spanned the basement, with approximately 225 plants. The house also had advanced cultivation equipment similar to the first home, indicating a wholesale distribution operation.
Police also found harvested marijuana in the basements of both houses. Charges are pending on this additional evidence.