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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Grows in Grants Pass Area
08/14/2009
Sergeant Jim Johnson
Drug Enforcement Section / RADE
(541) 955-6379

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An Oregon State Police traffic stop on Monday that led to the arrest of two persons from Eugene following the seizure of one pound of marijuana and over $46,400.00 cash has resulted in the discovery of an indoor and outdoor marijuana growing operation in Grants Pass. As a result of the follow up investigation, additional processed marijuana, marijuana plants from both an indoor and outdoor marijuana growing operation, firearms, and other evidence were seized.
 
On August 11, 2009, an Oregon State Police trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 in Jackson County. Subsequent investigation related to the search with the assistance of a Medford police department drug dog led to the discovery of one pound of marijuana and $46,433 cash. The vehicle's two occupants identified as MYLES CAPUTO, age 19, and ZAIN KAHN, age 24, were both arrested for Unlawful Possession, Manufacturing, and Delivery of Marijuana and have pending court appearances scheduled in Jackson County Circuit Court.
 
Information related to the traffic stop was forwarded to the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team for follow-up assistance. Investigative efforts led detectives to a Grants Pass area residence at 1533 Denton Trail Road where an active indoor and outdoor marijuana growing operation was located, guarded by two large mastiff dogs.
 
On August 12, 2009, RADE detectives, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety detectives, an Oregon State Police Fish and Game trooper, and an agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in processing the marijuana operation. Among the evidence seized by detectives was:
  • 136 mature marijuana plants from inside the residence
  • 24 mature marijuana plants between 6 and 8 feet tall growing outside the residence
  • Over a pound of processed marijuana and multiple pounds of marijuana in a garbage bag
  • Hashish, scales, and packaging material
  • Two firearms - a.45 caliber pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun
 
Arrested at the residence were TANWEER KHAN, age 56, and TRENTON SIMPSON, age 24, for Unlawful Possession, Manufacturing, and Delivery of Marijuana. Both have pending appearances in Josephine County Circuit Court.
 
Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity or marijuana growing operations is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970.
 
The interagency narcotics RADE team is comprised of personnel from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and the Josephine County Community Corrections.