JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – Over 1,000 illegal marijuana plants were found during a drug bust in Josephine County.
Oregon State Police said on Aug. 2, its drug enforcement team served a search warrant at a marijuana grow operation in the 1500 block of Lone Mountain Road near O’Brien.
Investigators reportedly found 1,773 illegal marijuana plants in seven large greenhouses. They also found about 1,000 pounds of processed marijuana buds packaged for sale.
According to OSP troopers, the property owner may be liable for numerous code violations regarding solid waste, unpermitted structures, and unpermitted electrical installations.
Police did not mention if any arrests were made.
The investigation is ongoing.
On Aug. 4, 2022 the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team with the assistance of Josephine County Code Enforcement executed a search warrant in the 5000 block of Reeves Creek, Selma regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.
During the execution of the warrant, 145 growing marijuana plants and approximately 200 pounds of processed marijuana was seized and destroyed. In addition to the marijuana plants and processed marijuana, multiple firearms were seized. Although the size of this grow operation was not large in comparison to others we have seen this year, it was well beyond the legal limit of 4 plants allowed per Oregon State Law. JMET always leaves 4 legal marijuana plants when we dismantle each grow operation.
The property also had multiple electrical and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the civil forfeiture of the property.
Patrick Timothy Cross was taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for unlawful manufacturing of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.
At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.