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Large Marijuana Grow Operation Located in Baker County, Two Men Arrested
Sergeant Ty Duby
Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section
(541) 523-5848

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Source: Oregon State Police
Source: Baker County Sheriff's Office
A large outdoor marijuana grow operation was eradicated Monday by the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team (BCNET) on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property in Baker County. With the assistance of the Oregon State Police (OSP) SWAT team, two people were arrested at the site and approximately 3,500 marijuana plants were located.
On July 20, 2009 the outdoor marijuana grow operation, similar to others found over the past several years in eastern Oregon, was located in rugged terrain in the Snake River area. This is the second large grow operation found in Baker County this year.
The outdoor marijuana grow yielded plants 4 to 6 feet in height, Detectives estimate that if the plants were left undetected and allowed to grow to full maturity they would have yielded about two pounds per plant. Estimated value of the marijuana would be $2,000 to $3,500 per pound.
The two men taken into custody were identified as JOSE PIEDAD GAMINO-VILLA, age 28, and HUMBERTO GAMINO-VILLA, age 32, both from Mexico. They were lodged in the Baker County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacturing of Marijuana.
BCNET is comprised of members from OSP Drug Enforcement Section, Baker County Sheriff's Office and Baker City Police Department.
Other agencies and OSP divisions assisting in this operation were:
* OSP Major Crimes detectives, Fish & Wildlife and Patrol Division troopers
* Baker County Sheriff's Office
* Baker City Police Department
* Blue Mountain Narcotics Enforcement Team (BENT)
* Union County Drug Task Force (MERIT)
* Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE)