Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Streeterville: High-rise raid nets 148 pounds of pot, police say

Prosecutors say cops seized 148 pounds of pot from Nicholas Sayegh's apartment. | CPD; Google
Chicago authorities say they found over $1.6 million worth of marijuana when they raided a Streeterville man’s apartment last Thursday evening. Nicholas Sayegh, 25, was taken into custody after police served a search warrant on his home in the 200 block of East Illinois around 10 p.m.

Prosecutors said police recovered nearly 148 pounds of cannabis during the raid. Sayegh is charged with two Class X felony counts of manufacture-delivery of cannabis and possession of a controlled substance. Judge Mary Marubio set his bail at $50,000.

In bail paperwork, Sayegh’s occupation is listed as “condo owner”—a position he has reportedly held for four years.

Prosecutors are asking the court to require Sayegh to provide proof that any money he puts up for bond did not come from illicit venues. An assistant state’s attorney said in the filing that the street value of the pot allegedly seized from Sayegh is $1,613,708.

Brandon West is facing a long list of charges after police raided his downtown apartments — twice. | File; CPD

Bad news, bad news, really good news, bad news again

The past couple of years have been quite the roller coaster ride for Brandon West, the 25-year-old Streeterville man who is currently facing charges of having large amounts of drugs in—not one—but two separate downtown high-rise apartments.

Things started going downhill on Sept. 14, 2017, when police raided West’s 36th-floor apartment in the 400 block of North McClurg and allegedly walked out with 35 pounds of weed and liquid THC worth $158,550. Also recovered were 1.5 pounds of suspected crack cocaine; 72 suspected ecstasy pills; and two liters of suspect Codeine along with three loaded handguns, $12,162 cash, three scales, and a currency counter, police said.

West, who reportedly told police officers during the raid that he was “just an accountant,” was charged with a series of felonies. He was eventually able to get bailed out to await trial.

Then, last November, things took a bad turn for West.

That’s when police raided West’s new apartment at State and Superior. West was strapped to an electronic monitoring bracelet when cops came bursting in and allegedly seized $257,000 worth of liquid THC; about four pounds of cannabis; 51 grams of cocaine; 400 Xanax pills; five counterfeit $100 bills; a digital scale; a currency counter, and grinding equipment, according to prosecutors.

West was charged with a whole new set of felonies in connection with the second raid and he was ordered held without bail.

But he caught an enormous break. In December, prosecutors were forced to drop the second set of charges because the Illinois State Crime Lab had failed to return purity test results promptly. West was released from jail on electronic monitoring.

Unfortunately for West, the state eventually sent the lab results back, and prosecutors took the case to a grand jury. He has now been charged (again) with that second stack of crimes.

He’s due back in court for both cases next Monday.
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