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Man charged with growing marijuana in Sublette

SUBLETTE – The discovery of a marijuana grow operation on a trailer lot in Woodhaven Lakes led to the arrest of a Cook County man Tuesday.

Rudolph Sikkelerus, 58, of Elmwood Park, is charged with unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants and possession of between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana.

Sikkelerus posted $2,500 bond and will be in court Sept. 19 for a status hearing.

The Lee County Sheriff's Department was contacted by public safety officers at Woodhaven Lakes, 507 LaMoille Road, who had received a tip that someone was growing marijuana in the area.

About 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff department's tactical response unit searched the lot, which is owned by Sikkelerus.

Deputies found 45 plants about 3 or 4 feet high scattered on the property and tucked between some sheds, said Sheriff John Varga.

Deputies also found about 35.8 grams of cannabis inside the trailer, Varga said. 

Varga said he did not know how long Sikkelerus owned the trailer and property, but said many people who stay at Woodhaven come out for the weekend. 

He added that there was no evidence that Sikkelerus was dealing marijuana in Lee County. 

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