UPDATE: Chicago man sentenced to 10 years for role in Rockford marijuana grow operation

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Updated December 1, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Chicago man is sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

Yousif Pira, 65, conspired with six others between January 2013 and January 2015 to illegally grow, store and distribute marijuana in a warehouse on 11th Street in Rockford. Pira purchased grow lights and other equipment and supplies for the operation.


Updated September 22, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Another suspect in a massive growing operation is discovered after one of the largest fires in Rockford’s history learns his fate in court.

53-year old George Bacus is sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for his role in the operation to manufacture more than 1,00 marijuana plants that were discovered back in January of 2015. Investigators said Bacus, along with several other people, were growing the drugs in a Rockford warehouse on South 11th Street from January 2013 to January 2015.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Chicago man is found guilty of growing marijuana plants at the site of the huge 11th Street warehouse that caught fire in 2015.

64-year-old Yousif Pira was found guilty for his role in a marijuana growing operation in a Rockford warehouse. It was discovered when the warehouse was destroyed in a fire on January 6, 2015.

Six others were also charged for their involvement in the operation. Two of those charged have been sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty. Three others have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. One person, Shlimon Shimon of Chicago, is still at large.