Paine in the grass: Minnesota man found with 25 pounds of pot in Loop, cops say

Devon Paine (inset) and the approximate location of his arrest. | CPD; Google

Most out-of-towners would probably appreciate the help of Chicago police after being beaten up by several men who took their property. But Devon Paine may be an exception.

After responding to a call of someone being beaten up by a group of men near a parking garage in the 100 block of West Monroe at 6:45 p.m. last Sunday, officers saw Paine walk into the garage with a large duffle bag. A few seconds later, Paine walked out of the garage without the bag. Police said they noticed that he looked “disheveled, out of breath, and [had] blood on his pants.”

Paine told an officer that several men had beaten him up and taken his property. He declined medical attention.

Meanwhile, other cops searched for Paine’s duffle bag. They found it hanging on a fence inside the parking garage. It contained 25 one-pound sealed bags of suspected marijuana worth $68,000, according to prosecutors.

Paine was charged with possessing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis. Judge Mary Marubio set bail at $20,000.

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