North Center Pot Raid Nets 7 Pounds Of Weed, Cops Say

Paiz (L) and Ledbetter were arrested in the 1900 block of West Montrose, police said

A narcotics raid in North Center turned up nearly $36,000 worth of pot and liquid THC, four replica firearms, and $2,900 cash, prosecutors said. Two men who live in the apartment in the 1900 block of West Montrose have been charged.

Cops raided the apartment above a late-night pizza shop last Wednesday evening and arrested 22-year-old Jose Paiz as he bolted out the back door, according to a police report.

Once inside, a police narcotics dog gave positive hits in the kitchen counter, kitchen cabinets, living room, bedrooms, closets, and a bed, police said.

Officers say they recovered nearly six pounds of suspected cannabis and just under one pound of suspected THC oil in Paiz’s bedroom along with scales, vacuum sealing supplies, a replica firearm, an alleged narcotics sales ledger, and $1,667 cash.

In another bedroom, cops say they found just over a pound of suspect cannabis; two narcotics grinders; three replica firearms; and a bundle of $1,200 cash along, letters to a man named Graham Ledbetter, and a handwritten note that said, “GRAHAM, YOU A BITCH!”

Ledbetter, 24, was arrested when he arrived at the apartment to take control of his pit bull at Paiz’s request, police said. He’s charged with manufacture-delivery of 500-2000 grams of cannabis and possession of a drug paraphernalia. Ledbetter is free on bond.

Paiz is charged with manufacture-delivery of 2000-5000 grams of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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