Illegal Pot Cartel Funds Other Drugs

Drug CartelsNEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — To slow down the use of drugs like cocaine, law enforcement focuses efforts on illegal marijuana grows.

NewsWatch 12 brought you a story on the marijuana clean up in Jackson County on Wednesday night. It’s grow sites like those which investigators target to hurt other drug cartels.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the pot grow sites is what provides financial support for drug trade organizations, or DTOs. The money from illegal pot helps DTOs continue producing, selling and operating.

“They’re all poly-drug organizations. The DTOs are not focused on marijuana, it’s just an easy cash crop. They’re also involved with heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine,” explained Jackson County Lt. Matt Thomson.

The multiple grows where crews are cleaning up in Jackson County are not medical marijuana sites.