On Thursday, Chicago police confiscated over 8 tons of marijuana from a tractor trailer. Police believe that this seizure will help to curb gang violence in the city.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy stated, “The competition between narcotics dealers for these markets is keen and it results in violence. This is not the (violent) crime. This is the driver of the crime and when we make seizures like this, we can affect street level sales, which has an impact on crime in our city.”
The marijuana is believed to have been grown in Mexico and shipped to Chicago for gangs to sell on the streets. According to police, the marijuana has an estimated value of $40 million.
This seizure came on the heels of Chicago’s decision to decriminalize low level marijuana possession. The new ordinance allows police officers the opportunity to fight much larger scale operation, such as this one. McCarthy explained, “Eliminating those markets, working on supply, that is going to make the city safe.”
Chicago is quickly becoming home to some of the larger Mexican drug cartels. With its central location and size as the third largest city in the US, Chicago is a good hub for distribution of the illegal drug.