Police: Man caught with more than a ton of pot

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State police and federal agents arrested two men and recovered more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana from an East Garfield Park warehouse this week as part of a drug sting, prosecutors said when one of the men appeared in court today.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge James Brown set bond Saturday at $500,000 for Carlos Leyva, 32, of Stickney, on drug trafficking charges.

Leyva was arrested Friday after police and Drug Enforcement Administration officers saw him follow a truck driven by another man to a warehouse in the 2400 block of West Grand Avenue, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Carlson said.

The truck contained the marijuana weighing well over a ton and whose street value is about $4.8 million, Carlson told Brown.

Another man, Johani Reyes-Montijo of Chicago, was arrested after fleeing the warehouse along with Leyva when officers moved in, according to records in the case, but Reyes-Montijo was not in court with Leyva.

Leyva is scheduled to return to court for an April 15 preliminary hearing.

jebyrne@tribune.com

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