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Police dog sniffs out 340 pounds of marijuana left outside in cardboard box

A large cardboard box containing 340 pounds of marijuana was found by an Illinois State Police dog Monday night outside a vacant house on 10th Street in East St. Louis.
A large cardboard box containing 340 pounds of marijuana was found by an Illinois State Police dog Monday night outside a vacant house on 10th Street in East St. Louis. Provided

A police dog discovered a large cardboard box containing 340 pounds of marijuana Monday night outside a vacant house on 10th Street, according to the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois.

At about 8 p.m. Monday, an Illinois State Police Canine Unit was driving on 10th Street near Baker Avenue. The officer stopped to let his dog out of its cage for a break, and it was immediately drawn to a large box sitting atop a wooden pallet that was giving off a “strong odor,” MEGSI commander Joe Beliveau said.

“When the trooper went to retrieve his dog, he realized that the odor that captivated his dog’s attention was coming from the box, which was full of fresh marijuana,” Beliveau said.

The box contained 82 bundles of marijuana, or about 340 pounds, Beliveau said.

Police are investigating how the marijuana ended up outside the house and to whom it might belong. Anyone with information can contact Illinois State Police at 618-346-3750.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503

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