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Chicago police make massive marijuana bust on Stony Island

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago police said they found two football fields-worth of pot on the Far South Side Tuesday.

Thousands of pot plants were hidden behind the thick brush near the Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94), some as large as Christmas trees. Police estimate the plants to have a value of $7-10 million.

The sprawling cannabis fields were spotted by a Chicago Police Department helicopter Tuesday while flying over a stretch of land along the 10600 block of South Stony Island Avenue, not far from the Harborside International Golf Center.

The pilots said they've flown that route to return to their 95th Street hanger many times. But on Tuesday at about noon, the light and the altitude were right - they looked down and saw a green crop pattern.

Chicago police said the find was the biggest marijuana crop ever detected in the city.

Police had to bring in heavy equipment trucks to plow a path from Stony Island at 107th street, about 100 yards to the pot field.

They said the plants averaged 6 ft. in height and they've been growing for four to six months. The two football-field sized crops were arranged in rows and they were ready for harvest.

Between the fields they found a camp, a tarp, a sleeping bag and food that appeared to be purchased this week.

"All efforts in narcotics enforcement is focused on reducing violence," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said. "Whoever harvests this marijuana is obvious running a large-scale operation, and at the same time the profits from that will be used to purchase firearms. That's where the violence comes in, the competition for the markets."

Police said the massive pot field went undetected because that area has truck traffic, but no pedestrian traffic. A trucker reported seeing someone running from the area right after the helicopters were there.

As of noon Wednesday, police were still trying to determine who owns that land. No arrests had been made.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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