KANKAKEE, IL – A routine traffic stop in Kankakee led to the discovery of a colossal cannabis operation in Bonfield, with approximately 700 plants flourishing inside a home.
According to Herscher Police, it all unfolded around 2:15 p.m. when officers pulled over a U-Haul truck for a minor traffic violation. But what started as a routine encounter took an unexpected twist as officers detected a distinct odor of cannabis emanating from the U-Haul vehicle.
A KMEG K-9 unit was promptly called to the scene and confirmed the presence of illegal substances, alerting officers to the potential contraband. This marked the beginning of a meticulous search, revealing numerous bags filled with cannabis plant material discreetly tucked away in the rear compartment of the U-Haul.
The initial discovery prompted KMEG Agents to swing into action, executing a search warrant at a nearby Bonfield residence. The outcome left law enforcement in awe: an expansive cultivation space teeming with approximately 700 thriving cannabis plants.
The accused have been identified as 46-year-old Mai Yi Chao and 31-year-old Yaozong Yu, both hailing from Chicago. Both individuals have been charged with Production of over 200 Cannabis Plants, underlining the magnitude of their alleged involvement in this illicit operation.
Both suspects are currently in custody at the Jerome Combs Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.