Chicago police find about 1,000 pot plants in city

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(Teresa Crawford (STF))
Marijuana plants are seen in Chicago where officers say they discovered two football fields worth of pot plants growing on the city's South Side Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Authorities say more than 1,000 cannabis plants were discovered during a helicopter operation Tuesday. Some were as tall as Christmas Trees. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

CHICAGO – Chicago police are busy chopping down 6- to 8-foot tall marijuana plants that they found growing on a chunk of land the size of two football fields on the city's far South Side.

Officers on routine patrol in a police helicopter spotted the crop Tuesday under a canopy of trees about 3 miles from their hangar.

Police said Wednesday that the 1,000 or so plants had been days or weeks from being harvested. Once packaged, the crop could have been worth as much as $10 million.

Authorities say it will take a few days to remove all the plants.

Police typically try to intercept shipments of marijuana grown elsewhere. But they say they've never seen such a large illegal agricultural enterprise, largely because there isn't enough room in the city.

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