Q&A: Klamath County Sheriff Discusses Illegal Marijuana Grows in County

Q&A: Klamath County Sheriff Discusses Illegal Marijuana Grows in County

Posted: Nov 7, 2017 7:03 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2017 7:18 PM

The Klamath County Sheriff's Office is cracking down on illegal marijuana grows.
In the past several months-- the Sheriff's Office has identified 62 grow sites people have complained about.


Chris Kaber says, "We don't have quite the problem that Jackson, Josephine, and Siskiyou counties have, but we don't want to get there."

Between the sight, smell, and trash left due to illegal grows-- it’s a problem they're trying to tackle with limited resources.

Sheriff Kaber says their budget allowed them to hire back a retired deputy in July to investigate the county's growing problem.

Since then, the Sheriff's Office has identified 62 different grow sites through complaints, tips, and air craft flights.
Of those identified grows-- they've been able to visit 27 of them.

During those site checks they see whether the grow site is recreational or medical under the "Oregon Medical Marijuana Program".

Chris Kaber says, "Of the recreational grows, none of them were in compliance. We didn't go to one place that had only four plants."

Of the 8 "OMMP" sites visited only one was operating legally.

The Sheriff's Office says 6 search warrants were served during the investigation. 8 people were arrested.

It seized 91 pounds of illegal marijuana.

Sheriff Kaber says many people from out of state are abusing the system here-- making it unfair to those who grow legally.

Chris Kaber says, "To find vehicles licensed in other states, living in the rural parts of our counties growing marijuana we know they have a source to sell that back in the states they come from, and that's what they do. It's quite obvious they abuse the system and our attempts to legalize marijuana grow. On top of that those sites that are doing it legally, it's not fair to them."

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