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Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team Investigation Leads to Indoor Marijuana Grow, Two Arrests
Lieutenant Michael Turner
Oregon State Police - Newport
(541) 265-5354

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An investigation by the Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) led to the arrest Wednesday of two people at Newport-area residence when investigators discovered a marijuana growing operation while serving a search warrant. LINT detectives discovered during the investigation that the resident was a medical marijuana patient and provider who was selling his medical marijuana to others.
On January 6, 2010, LINT detectives served a search warrant in a heavy residential area at 359 NW 57th Street in Newport. The resident, James Joseph Smith, age 53, is a medical marijuana patient and provider allegedly selling his medical marijuana to others. Subsequent search of the residence discovered dried marijuana packaged for sale, packaging materials, digital scales, currency, two active marijuana growing rooms and other evidence of drug use and sales.
Officers also found a second person, Timothy James Wheeler, age 35, from Newport, attempting to hide in a locked bathroom. Wheeler was on abscond status from the Lincoln County Parole and Probation office and had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. While conducting a search of Wheeler's person officers located a glass pipe that was used for smoking methamphetamine.
Smith was arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana and one count of Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.
Wheeler was arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on one count of Possession of Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, Frequenting a Place Where Controlled Substances are Kept/ Used, and other outstanding warrants.
Assisting LINT at the scene was the Newport Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. LINT is comprised of members of the Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police Department, and Lincoln City Police Department. Anyone with additional information about this case or other drug related information is encouraged to contact LINT at 541-265-5354.