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It was a busy week for marijuana law enforcers. Among the criminal enterprises nipped in the bud:
Whose turn was it to pay the electric bill?:
Cook County sheriff's officials arrested a pair of Chicagoans after raids on two grow houses in Joliet, which is in Will County. The homes contained a total of more than 700 marijuana plants worth $5 million, officials said. "Both homes had hydroponic growing equipment and complex ventilation systems in their basements," according to the Sun-Times. "Vents ran through the floor boards and to the chimneys."
Also, additional charges are pending, authorities said, "based on the theft of electrical services from ComEd."
While some warn of hellfire before the coming rapture, others get rapturous by lighting up now:
Marijuana-smoking minister jailed 3 months
Reverend Brother Shahrooz Kharaghani smiled, his rainbow-coloured religious beanie firmly fixed on his head, as court officers led him away to jail.
A judge had just sentenced the Church of the Universe minister to three months for possessing three kilograms of cannabis for sale, having $6,397 in proceeds, and selling pot to two undercover officers.
But Kharaghani, 32, told reporters he will never give up smoking marijuana, an activity he regards as a sacrament.
“My continuous consumption of cannabis … in reverence, will continue,” he said outside court before he was sentenced Monday.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Thea Herman said she accepts that Kharaghani, who sold pot from the group’s Beach-area storefront church, was not motivated by profit and believes his activities were benign.
“However, there were likely people who lived in the vicinity who do not share his views,” Herman said.
Kharaghani will serve 2-1/2 months after credit for pretrial custody.
A sudden surge of interest in the cold cut combo:
Subway sandwich maker accused of selling marijuana in Fort Pierce store
FORT PIERCE — Authorities said lettuce, spinach and peppers weren't the only greens available at a local Subway.
Undercover investigators for the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said a sandwich artist was doubling as a drug dealer at the fast-food restaurant in the 1900 block of U.S. 1, Fort Pierce. The investigators said Elizabeth Hunt, 47, would slip a bag of marijuana to customers who asked for extra meat with their subs. They said Hunt gave them two grams of marijuana on two occasions last month when they used the code. The investigators dropped $10 into the tip jar for each purchase, according to her affidavit.