Investigators seize more than 200K marijuana plants in Josephine County raids

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office said that agencies targeted six properties with search warrants on Thursday.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 11:55 AM
Updated: Jun 18, 2021 12:05 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Investigators from a constellation of law enforcement agencies descended on six properties around the Selma and Cave Junction areas on Thursday, serving search warrants for illegal marijuana.

The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) served the warrants with help from multiple local, state, and federal agencies and task forces.

According to the Sheriff's Office, investigators seized and destroyed more than 200,000 plants across the six properties. Agents also seized a number of water pumps, generators, trailers, and a tractor "as instruments used in criminal conduct relating to the illegal growth of marijuana."

Though a large number of people were detained and interviewed, the Sheriff's Office said that no arrests had been made as of Friday morning.

Recent statements from law enforcement in Josephine and Jackson counties suggest that they have stepped up the pressure on unlicensed and illegal grows of late. At the beginning of June, Josephine County listed the results of more than a dozen raids since the beginning of the year, though these search warrants did not yield as many plants combined as those conducted this week.

Oregon State Police announced last week that it had participated in a raid east of White City in Jackson County. 

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