CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — On Tuesday, a Jackson County task force descended on a warehouse in Central Point believed to be housing marijuana for sale on the black market, making one arrest and seizing thousands of pounds of processed product.
Shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, officers from the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) went to search a warehouse in the 6,000-block of Agate Road in Central Point, assisted by Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) detectives.
During the raid, investigators found more than 6,000 pounds of processed marijuana packaged for shipment, in addition to about $5,000 in cash.
"Depending on where the shipment was headed, the street value of the drugs was approximately $15 million," JCSO said.
Officers arrested one suspect, 49-year-old Agustin Rodriguez of Lathrop, California. He was taken to the Jackson County Jail on felony charges for the prohibited import or export, unlawful possession, unlawful manufacture, and conspiracy for unlawful distribution of a marijuana item.
JCSO said that the operation did not have any permits to grow or process marijuana for recreational, commercial, or medical purposes. The investigation is still ongoing, with detectives reportedly working on leads for additional suspects.
"While regulatory agencies investigate permitted cannabis operations, IMET is focusing on the black-market marijuana trade in the Rogue Valley," JCSO said.
IMET is a multi-agency task force funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The task force includes personnel from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Medford Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.