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Cops: Man fell asleep with meth in cab

CHICAGO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A man passed out in a Chicago taxi on Christmas Day with nearly $450,000 worth of methamphetamines in his bag, prosecutors said.

Joseph Hoffman, 25, of Vancouver, Wash., was driven to a police station by a cab driver angered that he had passed out and did not pay his fare, police told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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The driver, who asked not to be named, told the Chicago Tribune he picked Hoffman up in Lincoln Park and headed for an address in Rogers Park. Hoffman talked on his phone part of the way but was unconscious when they arrived, the driver said.

When officers searched Hoffman's pack to identify him, they found a mobile meth lab, three pounds of drugs -- worth an estimated $448,000 -- and $1,400 cash, police said.

The volatile chemicals were in containers wired to a power source, so firefighters were called in to remove them.

Hoffman was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. When he awoke, he gave permission to search his temporary address, police documents indicated.

Officers found a gallon of suspected GHB, blue pills believed to be ecstasy and a bag of cannabis, police said.

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Hoffman faced five felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and bail was set at $100,000, the Sun-Times said.

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