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Drug Detectives Find 4 Illegal Indoor Marijuana Grows Tied to OMMP Registered Grower
11/11/2009
Sergeant Ted Phillips
Oregon State Police
Drug Enforcement Section
(541) 465-6861

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An eight month investigation into an illegal marijuana growing operation involving a registered grower under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) led an interagency Lane County narcotics enforcement team to the discovery this week of four indoor growing operations in Eugene and West Linn. A suspect, who is registered under OMMP to be a grower for one patient, has been identified and charges are pending.
 
According to Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section (OSP DES) Sergeant Ted Phillips, on November 9, 2009 members of the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), the Drug Enforcement Administration, Oregon State Police and Lane County Sheriffs Office executed search warrants at three adjacent houses located on Wilkes Drive in Eugene. The search warrants were authorized related to an eight month investigation into an illegal marijuana growing operation. Investigators seized a total of 1127 marijuana plants, two firearms and a large amount of growing equipment from the three uninhabited houses used solely for the purpose of growing marijuana.
 
Investigators noted numerous hazardous electrical code violations within the houses resulting from modified wiring to power several grow lights. City of Eugene Code Enforcement was contacted and power to the houses, which are located within 1,000 feet of a school, was shut down.
 
Subsequent to the investigation and search warrant execution in Eugene, investigators were led to a fourth residence in West Linn where INET and DEA investigators executed another search warrant. The search resulted in the discovery of a fourth growing operation where detectives seized 149 marijuana plants and a firearm.
 
The 33-year old suspect was located at the West Linn residence. He told investigators the grow operation produced about 13 pounds of usable marijuana every 30 days and sold for $3,200 per pound. He is registered as a grower for one patient under OMMP and is only permitted to possess 6 mature marijuana plants, 18 seedlings, and 1 1/2 pounds of usable marijuana.
 
Multiple charges are pending against the suspect whose name is withheld until an arrest is made in the investigation. No estimated value provided at this time for the seized marijuana plants.