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Dwight man arrested in cannabis plant bust

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:24 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:55 a.m. CST
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Charles L. Johnson Jr.

DWIGHT – More than 200 cannabis plants were discovered in Dwight, police say, leading to the arrest of a 43-year-old Dwight man on charges of manufacturing and delivery of cannabis.

The Joliet Metropolitan Area Narcotic Squad agents, assisted by Grundy County sheriff’s deputies, arrested Charles L. Johnson Jr. of 7375 S. Holm Road, Dwight, on charges of manufacturing and the delivery of cannabis, according to a news release from Sheriff Kevin Callahan’s office. Johnson is being held in the Grundy County Jail.

The outdoor marijuana grown in rural Grundy County was detected by the Illinois State Police Air Operations Unit, Callahan said Wednesday afternoon.. The air unit does periodic flights in search of marijuana growth.

Once it was found, the location was put under surveillance by JMANS and confirmed, Callahan said. A search warrant was executed by Grundy County sheriff’s deputies and JMANS, and as a result of the search 206 cannabis plants, three firearms, five pounds of cannabis bagged for sale and U.S. currency were seized, Callahan said. 

Johnson’s bond was set in Grundy County Court Wednesday at $100,000 with 10 percent to apply, according to judici.com. According to the court records on judici.com, Johnson indicated to the court he would hire an attorney. His next court appearance is set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 4.

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