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Sheriff's Office Addresses Marijuana Grow Complaints

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The Klamath County Sheriff's Office recently investigated complaints regarding marijuana grow sites.

Sheriff’s temporarily hired an experienced retired deputy to take the lead on investigating complaints regarding marijuana grow sites.

According to the Sheriff's department, here are their findings:

•62 different grow sites were identified, with information obtained through complaints, tips, interviews, aircraft flights, and law enforcement investigation. The majority were located in rural area east of Klamath County.

• 27 site checks were made for a determination whether the grow site was recreational or a medical grow site under the over-site of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).

• Of the 8 OMMP sites visited, only 1 was found operating legally.

• 6 search warrants were served during the operation and 8 people were arrested and charged with a variety of offenses.

• 493 marijuana plants were seized. A value of $2 to $6.6 million depending on where it would have eventually been distributed.

• 91 pounds of manicured and processed marijuana were seized. A value of $123,000 to $406,000 depending on where it would have eventually been distributed.

• 22 unlawful firearms were seized as well as tactical gear and one set of soft body armor.

• $15, 210 cash was confiscated as suspected profits of unlawful marijuana sales.

• Connections to the illegal grow sites were found in five other states outside of Oregon. They are Nevada, Illinois, Florida, Minnesota, and Ohio.

Due to time constraints and resources, only 27 of the 62 identified grow sites were able to be visited this year. Enforcement efforts will be continued to be conducted in 2018. There will be 35 identified sites to investigate using 2017 information and additional information learned during the growing off-season.

KCSO was assisted by Klamath County Code Enforcement, Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Emergency Air Lift who provided aircraft support.

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