Police, federal agents raid marijuana-growing operation in Joliet

Local police and federal agents raided a Joliet home Tuesday that allegedly housed a large marijuana-growing operation, the third large-scale drug bust in the area since late last month, authorities said.

Officers who raided the home in the 6500 block of Roth Drive found 71 marijuana plants, 18 pounds of loose marijuana, four handguns and a rifle, Plainfield police Sgt. Mike Fisher said. The drugs are estimated to be worth more than $250,000 on the street, Fisher said.

Randy and Nicole Mota, a husband and wife who lived in the home, were arrested during the raid, Fisher said.

Randy Mota, 28, was charged with manufacture and delivery of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana and producing 50-200 marijuana plants, according to Will County court records.

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