Police find 386 lbs of pot during North Austin traffic stop

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About 386 lbs. of cannabis valued at more than $1 million, recovered during a West Side traffic stop on Saturday. / Chicago Police photo

Police say they found 386 lbs. of cannabis in a man’s SUV during a traffic stop in the North Austin neighborhood on Saturday evening.

Grand Central District officers tried to pull the vehicle over when the driver committed a traffic violation as he pulled out of an alley about 7:15 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Moody, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

The driver, 37-year-old James Hargrett, drove off but stopped and ran from the SUV in the 6200 block of West Cortland, police said. Officers found him hiding under a porch.

About 386 pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of more than $1 million was found in the SUV, police said.

Hargrett, of the 2900 block of West Adams, faces a felony charge of cannabis possession, a misdemeanor count of driving an uninsured vehicle and three traffic citations.

On Sunday, he posted 10 percent of a $30,000 bond and was released on electronic monitoring, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. He is next due in court Feb. 13.

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James Hargrett / Chicago Police photo

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