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Police: Sycamore man found with 5 pounds of marijuana

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:39 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:52 p.m. CST
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Charles A. Albertsen, 48, of the 500 block of Stonegate Drive in Sycamore, was charged with possession of more than 2,000 grams of marijuana, a Class 2 felony, and unlawful delivery of more than 2,000 grams of marijuana, a Class 1 felony.

SYCAMORE – One week after seizing 17 marijuana plants from a Sycamore home, Sycamore police officers have arrested another man for allegedly having nearly 5 pounds of the drug.

Charles Albertsen, 48, of the 500 block of Stonegate Drive in Sycamore, was charged with possession of more than 2,000 grams of marijuana and unlawful delivery of more than 2,000 grams of marijuana.

The more serious charge typically is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Albertsen remained in custody Tuesday on a $500,000 bond.

Sycamore police detective Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber said another law enforcement agency notified the Sycamore police that marijuana could be in Albertsen's residence, which led to a search Friday.

Police discovered four bags of marijuana, each containing more than 1 pound of the drug. Swartzendruber estimated the value of the drugs to be between $15,000 and $20,000.

The unlawful distribution charge stems from the amount of marijuana allegedly in Albertsen's possession, Swartzendruber said. Officers hope to discover where the drugs came from and where they could have been delivered.

Swartzendruber said there was no connection to 34-year-old Daniel Riebeling, who was charged April 13 with possession of 17 marijuana sativa plants – enough to produce roughly $300,000 worth of marijuana in a year. 

A separate investigation into Riebeling is ongoing, Swartzendruber said, and additional charges are expected to be filed soon.

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