KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — After several major busts of illegal marijuana grow operations in the area within just the last month, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is making clear their zero tolerance policy:
"The position of the Sheriff on the issue of illegal production of marijuana is pretty clear, 'Grow legal or get out.'"
According to a statement from KCSO, deputies executed a search warrant on Wednesday at a house on 17907 Hamaker Lane in Keno. Inside the house and in a nearby greenhouse they found 176 marijuana plants.
Under Oregon law, residents without special permits and regulation through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) can only grow four plants per household for recreational use.
Deputies seized 172 plants from the house in Keno—leaving the allotted four "untouched"—and cited 38-year-old James Young for Manufacture of Controlled Substance and Possession of Controlled Substance. Two other people are under investigation for potential charges as well, said KCSO.
At the end of July, KCSO reported the seizure of more than 300 marijuana plants from a residence in northern Klamath County, and seized 54 plants from a different residence on August 3. At the time of the July bust, KCSO also mentioned that they were monitoring about 70 other potentially illegal grow sites.
News releases from KCSO have indicated increasing frustration over the space of the previous month, culminating in the statement released on Friday.
"The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office will continue to fulfill its sworn duty to investigate suspected illegal marijuana grow operations and bring those responsible before the court.
"Despite the sustained outcry by those opposed to any controls on the production of marijuana in Klamath County, if it is being produced in illegal quantities the KCSO will continue efforts to enforce these laws."