Oregon Police Seize 12,000 Marijuana Plants From Black-Market Marijuana Grows Site
Over 12,000 marijuana plants in 32 greenhouses were seized Thursday from a marijuana grow site in southern Oregon, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
A search warrant was served by detectives from the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team as well as Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies at a rural property in Eagle Point around 6:45 a.m., officials said. in a press release.
The property contained the cannabis plants and 3,000 pounds of processed marijuana, sheriff’s officials said.
Seven workers at the site were detained, questioned and released, officials said.
The grow site had been under investigation for a month and there was no license for any type of cultivation, handling or processing of cannabis, according to the sheriff’s office.
A prime suspect has been identified, the sheriff’s office said.
County code enforcement citations totaling $67,000 were also issued for unapproved greenhouse structures, unapproved marijuana production and unauthorized electrical installations, the sheriff’s office said.
The statement also said that unauthorized use of well water for irrigation of commercial crops has been observed and is subject to civil and criminal penalties.
The Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team is a multi-agency Rogue Valley task force funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.