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Lengthy Investigation near Springfield Leads to 4 Arrests, Marijuana Grow, Dumped Stolen Vehicles and Illegally Dumped Hazardous Materials
08/10/2009
Sergeant Lang Hinkle\
Oregon State Police - Oakridge
(541) 782-4374

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A 21-month long investigation by the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division led to the arrest last week of four persons in the Springfield area on multiple felony charges. An execution of a search warrant at the approximate 60 acre property led to the discovery of a large marijuana growing operation, stolen vehicles dumped in a custom made pond, and illegally buried solid wastes and hazardous materials.

 
During the early morning hours of August 4, 2009, the OSP SWAT team served a search warrant at 37399 Camp Creek Road in the Springfield area related to an investigation led by OSP Trooper Marc Boyd and several other law enforcement agencies within Lane County. Arrested at the Camp Creek address was Arlen Cecil Weller, age 59, from Springfield; Patrick Ernest Weller, age 30, from Springfield; and, Mandy Weller, age 29, from Springfield. All three were lodged in the Lane County Jail on the following charges:
 
Arlen Weller
 
* Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle (6 counts)
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
* Unlawful possession of a controlled substance-Marijuana
* Unlawful Disposing of Solid Waste
* Possession of a stolen firearm
 
Pending criminal and civil charges to include:
* Water Pollution in the first degree
* Unlawful Possession of Iodine
* Criminal Trespass in the second degree
* Unlawful storage and disposal of waste tires
* Theft by receiving
* Aggravated theft in the first degree
* Criminal mischief in the first degree
* Criminal mischief in the second degree
* Placing offensive substance in waters or other property
* Unlawful open burning of prohibited materials
* Depositing motor vehicle parts in waters of the state
* Trafficking in stolen vehicles
* Conspiracy to commit a crime
* Racketeering
 
Patrick Weller
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm
* Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
* Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
* Child Neglect in the First Degree
 
Pending criminal charges to include:
* Forgery in the second degree (Insurance fraud)
* Criminal mischief in the first degree
* Initiating false police report
* Conspiracy to commit a crime
 
Mandy Weller
* Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
* Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
* Child Neglect in the First Degree
 
A fourth person at the property identified as Patrick Allen, 55, from Springfield, was cited to appear in Lane County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.
 
Additional environmental-related and big game charges are pending.
 
Several anonymous tips regarding suspicious activity at the Camp Creek address started the investigation. In addition to troopers from the OSP Fish and Wildlife division, numerous personnel from other agencies became involved as the investigation progressed including detectives with OSP Major Crimes and troopers with OSP Patrol Division, INET (Lane County interagency narcotics team), and law enforcement rangers from the Federal Bureau of Land Management.
 
Following the initial execution of the search warrant, officers searched over a four day period locating a large marijuana grow and five stolen vehicles which had been crushed and buried using a large excavator. Several of the stolen vehicles were found in a dam that had been built to create a pond. A stolen dump truck was also located on the property. Officers also found a site where a large amount of solid waste and hazardous materials had been illegally dumped and buried.
 
Multiple items were seized at the location included a Link Belt 4300 track mounted excavator, firearms, marijuana plants, stolen vehicles and other items.
 
OSP Fish and Wildlife Division and Patrol Division troopers along with OSP Criminal Division detectives were assisted at the scene by the Bureau of Land Management law enforcement rangers, INET, Lane County District Attorney's Office, Eugene Police Department property crimes detective, deputies from the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Search and Rescue team, ODOT incident response, McKenzie River Fire and Rescue, DEQ, ODFW, NMFS, and the State Water Master.
 
The Oregon State Police would like to especially thank the Delta Sand and Gravel Company from Eugene for providing a large excavator, an operator, and several support staff to the search operation without charge. Delta Sand and Gravel's assistance was invaluable in recovering the buried stolen cars and discovering the extent of the environmental crimes found at the scene.