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Men arrested in drug raid plead not guilty

Trials set for June 18

MORRISON – Two men accused of growing and possessing large amounts of marijuana plants in Deer Grove pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Myles O. Olsen, 40, of Bartlett, and Vincent Fiore, 46, of Mount Morris, both waived their preliminary hearings.

The men are charged with possession with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of marijuana, which carries a sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison, and production of marijuana plants, which carries 3 to 7 years.

Both men will have pretrial conferences May 29 and jury trials June 18.

Illinois State Police Blackhawk Area Task Force agents found about 45 pounds of marijuana, worth about $635,000 on the street, and more than 150 pot plants April 17 at a home in rural Whiteside County, they said in a news release.

The home is at 2485 Hoover Road in Deer Grove, court documents show.

After that raid, task force agents searched a home in Bartlett where Olsen purportedly lives, and a Mount Morris home and a home in LaSalle, 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.

Olsen’s bond was reduced Thursday from $500,000 to $150,000. He remained in Whiteside County Jail Thursday evening. Fiore was released April 18 on a $250,000 recognizance bond.

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