MEDFORD, Ore. — Law enforcement from across the state joined forces with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team to serve several search warrants in Jackson County.
In all 4 people were arrested and 8 search warrants were served. Earlier Thursday, four people left the doors of Southern Oregon “NORML” in handcuffs as the Medford location was one of several places law enforcement served state search warrants.
Medford police say around 11:15 a.m. Thursday morning, local, state and federal agencies assisted the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team search four businesses and three residencies in Jackson County.
Police say these locations were involved in the manufacture and delivery of marijuana. The four people who were arrested face several charges of conspiracy to commit unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within a thousand feet of a school; that substance being listed as marijuana.
“You can’t sell a drug. You can’t sell a controlled substance in this state, you can’t sell marijuana, and that is the criminal charge and that’s what we’re dealing with and that’s what they will be held accountable for,” said Medford Police Chief Tim George.
Among the evidence seized include marijuana, marijuana plants, documents and weapons. Officials say exact amounts of evidence seized will be available at a later time.
Sympathizers to the searches today were upset with the events and said they stand by those arrested. Police say this is not a debate about medical marijuana or the legalization of marijuana, but instead a violation of state law.