- The Oregon State Police (OSP) announced they have confiscated 250 tons of illegal marijuana with a street value worth around $500 MILLION.
- The Drug Enforcement Section (DES) of the OSP gave a conservative estimate on the amount of marijuana seized at approximately 500,000 pounds.
- More crime news here.
Law enforcement authorities in Oregon announced the seizure of “an epic amount” of illegal – approximately 500,000 pounds – of processed marijuana after carrying out a search warrant in Jackson County during a two-day raid last week.
The Oregon State Police Southwest Region (SWR) Drug Enforcement Section (DES) served the warrant on Nov. 18 in White City, Oregon at a location consisting of five industrial-sized warehouses zoned for commercial use, according to a press release.
The DES Team’s conservative estimate on the amount processed marijuana seized, depending on where it would be exported to, reportedly has a conservative street value of somewhere around $500 million.
Oregon State Police also reported that they had detained over 100 individuals as a part of the raid. Several of the detainees were “migrant workers living on-site in subpar living conditions without running water.”
“This is a very involved investigation and will be ongoing for several weeks,” authorities said in a statement. “OSP will be releasing more information when available.”
Oregon state law prohibits the manufacture of marijuana without a license.
“We’ve had stabbings, robberies, thefts, burglaries, homicides, sex crimes, motor vehicle accidents, DUIs, all related to the influx of the marijuana-cannabis industry in our in our valley,” Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler testified last week. “It is certainly an issue we deal with on a daily basis here.”
The OSP SWR DES team was assisted by the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) of Josephine County, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Medford Office, the Basin Interagency Narcotics Team (BINET) of Klamath County, the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) of the Medford Police Department-Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Fire District No. 3.
Many on social media expressed a clear lack of appreciation for the amount of resources used by law enforcement in completing this “epic” $500 million marijuana bust.
Why are wasting the taxpayer's money cutting down a plant that is legal?— Crow (@sistercrow) November 20, 2021
Every shred of resources for this “bust” could have gone toward dealing with P2P meth.— Barbaricana (@seicho8) November 20, 2021
Marijuana? WTF!!!!!— Kelly (@kcResister) November 20, 2021
Get the eff out the and get the sh*t laced with deadly amounts of Fentanyl. What are you morons.
Do y’all go after illegal beer brewing operations too?— Pauly Paycheck (@pablopaycheck) November 20, 2021
Thank you for publicizing this insanity of seizing what should be a completely legal crop. I know our Governor is a lost cause, but can't someone in the legislature fix this?— John Roberts (@mindwarm) November 20, 2021