Police: 68 pounds of marijuana, 200 plants seized at Elburn warehouse
A 36-year-old Grayslake man faces numerous felony charges after authorities shut down an indoor marijuana grow farm at an Elburn warehouse this week.
About 200 plants were found and authorities seized 68 pounds of harvested marijuana worth an estimated $150,000, according to the Kane County sheriff's office.
Maksim Gokhman, of the 1500 block of Meadow View Lane, is charged with manufacture/delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, possession of more than 5,000 grams, production of more than 200 cannabis plants and two other lesser marijuana felony charges.
Gokhman was arrested Tuesday by a deputy who was monitoring a warehouse on the 200 block of West Nebraska Street in Elburn for suspicious activity, the sheriff's office said.
The deputy learned Gokhman, who was leaving the property, had two outstanding arrest warrants, and he was handcuffed and his vehicle searched, where one-half pound of suspected marijuana was found, the sheriff's office said.
Authorities obtained a search warrant and detectives from the sheriff's Special Investigations Unit found the grow operation, with the 200 plants in various stages of growth, officials said.
The two warrants were out of McHenry County for driving under the influence and violation of an order of protection.
Gokhman was being held at the Kane County jail. His next court date is March 22, but bail amount was not immediately available. Prosecutors also have filed a court motion requiring Gokhman to prove any bond money comes from legal sources, court records show.
If convicted of the most severe charge, he faces six to 30 years in prison and a fine equivalent to the value of drugs seized.