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Man gets prison term for marijuana growing operation

September 15, 2018

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for growing more than 200 marijuana plants inside a building he was leasing west of Chicago.

Thirty-six-year-old Maksim Gokhman of Grayslake pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Andrew Whitfield said sheriff’s investigators arrested Gokhman in March at a business in Elburn, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Chicago.

Investigators found marijuana in his car and later searched the building he was leasing. Inside they found the marijuana plants of varying strains, more than 30,000 grams of marijuana and items often used in drug dealing such as plastic bags and a scale.

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