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New Lenox police make marijuana bust

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 4:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 10:45 p.m. CDT
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Law enforcement seized 94 pounds of marijuana during an arrest Tuesday in Mokena.
Joseph J. Sanders
Jacob S. Burkham

Two California men were arrested Tuesday after allegedly bringing 94 pounds of marijuana to undercover officers.

New Lenox Deputy Chief Robert Pawlisz said during the last two weeks, police received information from confidential sources that Jacob S. Burkham, 39, and Joseph J. Sanders, 26, could deliver a large amount of marijuana to the New Lenox area.

"The investigation was conducted and shortly after 3 p.m. [Tuesday] they arrived in a work van to meet at the parking lot of the Super 8 motel in Mokena," Pawlisz said. "Both men participated in the sale to an undercover officer."

Burkham, of Santa Barbara, and Sanders, of Crows Landing, were taken into custody without incident. A statement from New Lenox police said the investigation was conducted with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of $396,000.

Burkham and Sanders were charged with marijuana trafficking, delivery of marijuana and marijuana possession. On Wednesday, Judge Art Smigielski ordered both men held in the Will County jail on $500,000 bond.

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