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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Celebrate 4/20 By Watching Out for Grow Operations, Authorities Say

Keep an eye out for pot farms on your next hike.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 11:51 PM

While some of Central Oregon's population is for some reason celebrating today (with it being April 20 and all), our area's drug enforcement officials are taking a different tact for this year's de facto pot holiday.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement released a statement late yesterday -- 4/20 Eve, as it's known to some -- asking the regions' residents to keep a vigilant eye out for marijuana grow operations on public lands, which the multi-agency group says has been a problem in recent years.

"The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team believes that the drug trafficking organizations involved in the illegal growing of outdoor marijuana will start their plantations early this spring," said the statement.

In the past, the agency has found evidence of trafficking cartels using our nearby public lands to grow pot.

CODE is asking people to be aware of "large amounts of plastic irrigation pipe, large quantities of fertilizer in bags, propane tanks and anything else that looks out of place in the outdoors" when they head out onto public lands. They don't, however, want you to go all Johnny Justice on them while trying to gather information and put yourself in danger. It's always important to stay safe when pot farm hunting.


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Friday, February 18, 2011

Oregon Drug Bust of the Week: Almost 100 Pounds of Pot

Police find a ton of pot in a safe near Eagle Point.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

OK, due to SNOWCLUSTEREFF 2011, I'm a little late on this week's drug bust, but it's a pretty sizable one.

This week, we head down to rural Jackson County where an Oregon State Police drug task force seized 98.6 pounds of marijuana, packaging materials, scales and a handgun. John Lee Hull, Jr was arrested on suspicion of a bevy of marijuana possession charges.

Police first found about 44 pounds of pot in a safe, then located more than 50 additional pounds scattered throughout the house in jars and five-gallon containers. They also found a small amount of marijuana drying in a closet.

So there you go, just a reminder that pot is actually still illegal in Oregon. Who knew?

 

 


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