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Task force: Grow house yields plants, pot

About 45 pounds of marijuana, worth about $635,000 on the street, and more than 150 pot plants were found Wednesday in a home in rural Whiteside County.

It was one of four homes searched, including one in Mount Morris, as part of an ongoing Blackhawk Area Task Force drug investigation, the ISP team said in a news release Thursday.

Two men were arrested in the Whiteside County home, and more arrests are pending, the release said.

Vincent W. Fiore, 46, of Mount Morris, and Myles O. Olsen, 39, of Bartlett, are charged with possession with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of marijuana, which carries 6 to 30 years in prison, and production of marijuana plants, which carries 3 to 7 years.

After the raid, the task force searched a home in Bartlett where Olsen purportedly lives, and the Mount Morris home, in the 5800 block of West Lowell Park Road, and a home in La Salle, both owned by Fiore, the release said.

In those three searches, they seized $24,000 in cash and $190,000 in assets believed to be derived from drug sales and other activity, including a GMC Denali SUV, a Chevy Silverado pickup, two cars, two snowmobiles, two tractors and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Most of the assets were seized at the Mount Morris house, task force Sgt. Mark Thatcher said.

Olsen was in Whiteside County Jail Thursday on $500,000 bond. Fiore was released Thursday on a $250,000 recognizance bond. Both have April 25 hearings.

Thatcher declined release any other details.

He also declined to confirm the location of the Whiteside County home.

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