SYCAMORE – A complaint about illegal trash dumping led police to Mateusz Sirant's DeKalb home, where police said they found 50 marijuana plants and more than 11 pounds of marijuana.
Sirant, 25, of the 300 block of South Fifth Street, was arrested Sunday morning, hours after police received a complaint about trash bags of plant material being illegally dumped in a garbage bin at a multi-unit apartment building, DeKalb police said in a news release. When police searched the home Sirant was renting, they found a marijuana-growing operation in the basement, DeKalb Sgt. Steve Lekkas said.
Sirant was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, unlawful possession and production of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, the news release states. The most serious charge, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, typically is punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.
Sirant remained in DeKalb County jail Tuesday, unable to post 10 percent of his $100,000 bond. He is next due in court Friday.
Meanwhile, DeKalb police are continuing their investigation, Lekkas said.
"With that quantity, we do try to track down where it's ending up as well," Lekkas said.