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Cary man charged after having 100 pounds of marijuana

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:55 p.m. CDT

A Cary man has been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after he was caught with about 100 pounds of high-grade marijuana, the Drug Enforcement Agency said in a news release.

Vincent C. O’Brien, 62, had his bond set at $100,000 after he was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, the news release said.

O’Brien posted 10 percent of his bond, or $10,000, and was released March 21.

On March 18, members of the Rockford DEA office and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force observed a 2008 Dodge pickup truck leave a suspected stash house in Cary.

The sheriff’s office conducted a traffic stop on the pickup truck and recovered about $170,700 hidden in the cab, according to the news release.

The next day, law enforcement personnel saw another person leave the Cary location and conducted another traffic stop. A police dog alerted officers to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. They found 50 pounds of high-grade marijuana in the trunk and about $1,000, the news release said.

A search of a house on the 800 block of Harper Court led to a seizure of another 50 pounds of marijuana, $8,000, scales and packaging materials, the news release said.

The street value of the drugs is estimated to be $500,000.

The most serious charge against O’Brien carries a possible prison sentence between six and 30 years.

His next court date is April 14.

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