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Belmont-Cragin bust nets $5 million worth of meth, other drugs

August 26, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Belmont-Cragin man was arrested Sunday evening in a drug bust that netted police about $5 million worth of chemicals used to make methamphetamine, heroin, MDMA, and cannabis, county prosecutors said.

Joseph Frank Ruzicka, 21, who goes by Froto, was arrested at his home in the 5400 block of West Wellington Avenue after a man led police officers to the home and said that he purchased five bags of marijuana from Ruzicka two nights before, according to the police report.

Police allegedly found more than 13,000 grams of a substance used to make meth in a plastic jar in Ruzicka's bedroom, along with several bags of marijuana, 29 Ecstasy or MDMA pills, and about $60 worth of heroin, the police report said.

Chicago Fire Department officials sent a special team to the home to handle the hazardous materials at the site, the report said.

Ruzicka was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon and ordered held on $200,000 bond. Prosecutors said Ruzicka was arrested for drug possession earlier this year, but released on an I-bond in that case.

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