Trailer loads of marijuana found in Peoria Heights

By WEEK Reporter

December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM CDT

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Investigators in Peoria have shut down a sizeable Marijuana growing operation. This time in Peoria Heights.

Officers said they discovered more than 70 pot plants inside a house in the 3800 block of Faber Avenue Wednesday.

MEGG officers said they also found 10 pounds of processed marijuana and equipment used to grow the plants.

Steven Benson was arrested for possession, intent to deliver and growing marijuana in two rental homes. Officers says one of them was used solely for growing marijuana.

The internet has made it easier for pot growers to buy growing equipment.

"This person at this point we believe was cloning or producing his own marijuana plants and then cultivating them to the point where you could manufacture cannabis," said Dave Briggs, Peoria MEGG Unit Director.

"We're not pleased that this operation is in our community, but we're also not naive to think Peoria Heights is the Midwest version of Disney Land," said Dustin Sutton, Peoria Heights Chief of Police. "We know what goes on and it's nice to have these types of resources."

Four trailer loads of plants and materials were seized in the operation.

Police estimate it is worth around $100,000.