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172 pounds of cannabis found in arcade game
By Kimberly Pohl | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 7/29/2009 5:34 PM

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Those arcade-type games that use joysticks to maneuver a claw or crane typically grab at stuffed animals and plastic toys.

On Tuesday, authorities discovered a game with a different kind of prize: 172 pounds of cannabis with a street value of approximately $175,000.

Palatine police arrested and charged 24-year-old Las Vegas resident Kevin Dixon with unlawful cannabis trafficking, unlawful possession of cannabis and unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

According to a police statement, members of the Drug Enforcement Administration informed the Palatine Police Department they had been investigating possible drug activity originating in Arizona and headed to Palatine.

Palatine Deputy Police Chief Alan Stoeckel said the crated game arrived in the parking lot of a business on the 300 block of North Eric Drive. Officers and DEA agents intercepted the shipment and arrested Dixon, of the 5000 block of South Torrey Pines Drive in Las Vegas.

A search revealed the cannabis hidden inside the bottom of the game.

Dixon appeared at a bond hearing in Rolling Meadows on Wednesday. A Cook County judge set his bond at $250,000. He must post 10 percent to be released.

It was unclear Wednesday what Dixon was planning to do with the drug, police said. Stoeckel said the investigation continues. A call Wednesday to the Chicago office of the DEA wasn't returned.