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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Grow in Bend
12/13/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Two Bend-area residents were cited on marijuana-related charges after an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Sunday near Chiloquin led to their Bend residence where an indoor marijuana grow operation was discovered.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Steve Yates, on December 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. an OSP trooper from the Lakeview work site stopped a 1998 Jeep Cherokee displaying California license plates for following too close on Highway 97 near milepost 247. The two occupants were identified as driver NORMAN J. HULL, age 34, and female passenger RHIANNON J. HULL, age 33, from Bend.
 
Subsequent investigation initially led to the discovery of approximately 3.4 lbs. of marijuana inside a back pack in a car top carrier. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is over $8,000.
 
Follow up investigation by OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives led to their Bend residence in the 200 block of Soft Tail Drive where they found an indoor marijuana grow operation. Detectives and troopers seized 72 marijuana plants, $8,700 cash, a handgun, and lights and grow equipment.
 
Both persons were cited to appear in Deschutes County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.