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Suburban man charged with cannabis trafficking after undercover investigation ties him to 64 pounds

A monthslong undercover investigation tied a man to 64 pounds of cannabis and THC edibles, and a forklift and Land Rover used in his operation, Chicago police said.

Abdulaziz Abouelkheir, 34, of the 500 block of North Peshtigo Court in Homer Glen, was charged with felony cannabis trafficking of 5,000 grams or more, and felony cannabis delivery of 10 to 30 grams, police said.

Abouelkheir was arrested shortly after 2:40 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of West Superior Street after an undercover investigation tied him to trafficking. In a search, investigators uncovered 64 pounds of cannabis, as well as a forklift and vehicle used to handle cargo, police said.

Abouelkheir also was identified as the person who delivered less than an ounce, approximately 20 grams, to an undercover officer on Nov. 2, 2018.

Legally, a person 21 years and older can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis leaf, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate and 500 mg of cannabis-infused products, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Abouelkheir was scheduled to appear Friday at a bail hearing. Check back later for updates.

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