SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Police Department evidence room could have a strong odor for the foreseeable future.
Police seized 17 marijuana plants and arrested 34-year-old Daniel Riebeling this weekend. Riebeling, of the 2100 block of Highland Drive, is charged with possession of marijuana sativa plants, a Class 4 felony typically punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
Riebeling is next due in court April 30. He is being held on $250,000 bond.
Sycamore police detective Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber said officers received an anonymous tip about a strong scent of marijuana coming from the Highland Drive area Friday night. When officers arrived, they were able to smell the plants from outside.
Riebeling came home during the search and was arrested, Swartzendruber said.
Swartzendruber estimated each plant is worth $2,000 and the 17 plants could produce roughly $300,000 worth of marijuana over the course of a year. There is an ongoing investigation to determine whether Riebeling was connected to a larger drug network in the area, Swartzendruber said.
"We always encourage people to call, because if they do, it could work out like this," Swartzendruber said. "It's definitely the most cannabis plants we've seized in Sycamore in quite some time."