EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Investigators from Oregon State Police raided an illegal marijuana grow operation that stretched across two properties east of White City last Thursday, seizing and destroying almost 53,000 plants.
OSP said that local law enforcement in Jackson County has been working with the area water masters and code enforcement officers to sift through the proliferation of illegal operations in the midst of those that are legal and licensed.
On June 10, OSP's Drug Enforcement Section Southwest Region marijuana team served a search warrant at two adjacent properties in the 1500-block of Alta Vista Road and the 700-block of Riley Road, both Eagle Point addresses.
Officers found and detained the two property owners while others searched through the properties. OSP said that a total of 74 greenhouses, two barns, and two outdoor growing areas were filled with marijuana plants.
Investigators seized and destroyed 52,804 plants at the end of the operation. OSP said that five guns and some cash were also seized in the search.
Jackson County code enforcement issue one of the property owners with a citation for the unpermitted greenhouse structures and electrical infrastructure. The fine for those violations could total $300,000.
Authorities from the Oregon Water Resources Department also cited one of the men for enlarging his existing water rights "due to unapproved diversions of surface water," OSP said.
The raid in included marijuana enforcement teams from Jackson and Josephine Counties.