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Law enforcement raids large illegal marijuana grow in Josephine County

Multiple agencies descended on a property on Monument Drive near Grants Pass on Wednesday, removing thousands of marijuana plants.

Posted: May 27, 2021 12:56 PM
Updated: May 27, 2021 2:22 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies descended on a property on Monument Drive near Grants Pass on Wednesday, removing thousands of marijuana plants.

The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) led Wednesday's effort to serve a search warrant in the 8000-block of Monument Drive. The team was accompanied by elements of Oregon State Police, Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE), the Jackson Coutny Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET), the OLCC, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and other officials.

According to JMET, the search found 30,673 illegal marijuana plants that were seized and destroyed. Officers also found six firearms, multiple water pumps, generators, and pieces of heavy equipment that were seized as evidence.

Officers initially detained 20 people, but no arrests had been made as of early Thursday afternoon. The investigation is still ongoing.

At the same time as Wednesday's raid, lawmakers were meeting to discuss updates on House Bill 3000 that would declare an emergency on the topic of illegal marijuana grows. Representative Lily Morgan, herself a former Josephine County commissioner, says that the amendments could help the Oregon Department of Agriculture to deny applications even if someone already has plants in the ground, aiding with enforcement.

Rep. Morgan said that HB 3000 could help state and local authorities work together to crack down on growers who are violating the law while protecting those that are growing cannabis and hemp within the confines of state regulations.

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