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Police arrest man after finding a basement pot farm in South Side home

April 16, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A man from the near South Side was arrested Monday after police officers found more than one hundred cannabis plants growing in the basement of his residence in the 2520 block of South Halsted.


Michael Shine, 25, was charged with possession and intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cannabis. He was also charged with three counts of possessing unregistered firearms, and for obstructing the arrest of a woman at the scene whom he described as his girlfriend.


According to the police report, officers smelled an odor coming from a side door of the residence on Monday and followed it to the basement. There, they found 107 marijuana plants and a hydroponic growing system, which, according to the report, “includes air pumps, hydro lights, electric transformers, floor fans, timers, and [an] air filtration system."


During the arrest, Shine told officers, "All that stuff is mine. I wanna leave my girlfriend out of this ... I just wanna work something out,” according to the police report.

The farm is less than one tenth of the size of the farm police in a helicopter found in October 2012 on the Southeast Side. That farm held close to 1,500 plants, police said, and was about the size of two football fields.



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