All it took was not using the proper turn signal. Now Chicago resident James Hargrett, 37, is in a heap of trouble, and Chicago police ran into a 386-pound bust. Chicago police are touting this as a million-dollar seizure. However, this number is debatable. The marijuana was of very low grade, and you would probably be lucky to get $500 per pound, which would make the net worth of the haul just under $200,000.
This matters little for Hargrett, who first caught police attention after exiting an alley without using his turn signal. He then proceeded to run a stop sign and again failed to use his turn signal. After a short car chase, Hargrett jumped out of his 2007 GMC Denali and ran off into a nearby neighborhood. Soon after, officers apprehended Hargrett when they spotted the traffic offender hiding under a porch. When police searched the vehicle, they found several garbage bags containing marijuana behind the front seats.
All in all, Hargrett was charged with felony possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, failing to stop at a stop sign, disobeying a turn signal indicator, failing to carry a driver’s license or permit, and having an uninsured motor vehicle.
Hargrett's future looks grim. He is already a two-time offender, racking up felony weapons violations in 1998 and again in 1999. These charges netted Hargrett a 6-year prison sentence, according to court records. In 2003 he was again hit with weapons charges after his mother, a Chicago police officer, was fatally wounded in an apparent suicide attempt by Hargrett. She tried to hold her son in a bear hug and ended up getting shot. When the case went to trial in 2005, Hargrett was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Hargrett is being held in lieu of a $30,000 bail. He is again scheduled to appear in court in mid February.