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Carrots conceal $5 million worth of pot, 2nd big pot bust this week (slideshow)

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Bond is set at $50,000 apiece for two Florida men who police say were transporting $5 million worth of pot mixed in with a truck full of carrots.

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It is the second major marijuana bust in the area this week.

A Cook County Sheriff's Department spokesman says investigators got a tip the truck was hauling more than the veggies. Investigators followed the truck to a hotel parking lot in Elk Grove Village and questioned the men.

They allegedly gave conflicting accounts of what was in the back of the truck and police say one man gave them consent to search the trailer. That's when they found bundles of pot mixed in with bundles of carrots. (See slideshow)

See also: Citrus cover can't stop K-9 team from sniffing out $9.3 million worth of pot (slideshow)

Charged with possession and intent to deliver are Abrahan Garcia-Acosta, 44, of Loxahatchee and Diego Diaz-Perez, 49, of West Palm Beach.

Meanwhile, bond is set at more than $10 million for a child sex offender who Kane County authorities say was caught with $4 million worth of marijuana this past weekend.

Xaiana Thammayong, 45, of Elgin and Xom M. Vongsaly, 58, of Fresno, Calif. (see slides) were pulled over by a sheriff's deputy who noticed their van was going just 35 miles an hour on I-90.

The deputy says Thammayong was driving and quickly switched seats with Vongsaly after they were pulled over. An ID check showed a warrant for Thammayong for failing to register as a child sex offender in Elgin. His driver's license had also been revoked.

A subsequent search of the van turned up 230 pounds of what authorities say is high-grade marijuana.

Thammayong and Vongsaly are charged with trafficking, delivery and possession of cannabis. His bond is $10,125,000. Her bond is $10 million even.



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