Three charged with running marijuana-growing operation

SHARE Three charged with running marijuana-growing operation
SHARE Three charged with running marijuana-growing operation

(WONDER LAKE) A northwest suburban man, his daughter and her boyfriend are facing several charges after authorities discovered a cannabis-growing operation in a Wonder Lake home.

Norman F. Mathews, 52; his daughter, Jacqueline M. Mathews, 20; and her boyfriend, Alexander L. Prochaska, 22, each face one count of manufacturing cannabis sativa plants, delivery of cannabis, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office.

On Aug. 23, sheriff’s deputies were sent to the home in the 4300 block of East Lakeshore Drive in Wonder Lake to conduct a well-being check, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

As deputies approached the house, they smelled a “strong odor of cannabis” coming from the garage, according to the statement. The deputies were granted permission to search the home for drugs.

Deputies collected 70 cannabis plants, cultivating equipment, about 220 grams of cannabis, one revolver, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, according to the statement.

The estimated street value of the seized cannabis is $10,000, according to the statement.

All three are next scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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