SEVERE WX : Red Flag Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Sheriff's Office Seizes More Than 550 Plants in Klamath County Pot Busts

Three raids at different grow sites turned up a total of 553 illegal plants and at least two citations, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Sep 21, 2018 5:35 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2018 5:41 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A series three of raids on marijuana grow sites in Klamath County yielded more than 550 illegal plants and several arrests — all done in the same day, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

The first investigation began on Thursday in the 17000-block of Patricia Lane north of Merrill. Deputies arrested 35-year-old Jared Burger and 37-year-old Audrey Roe after finding 530 plants and no medical marijuana cards or legal permits to grow recreationally associated with the house.

Leaving the legal allotment of four plants, KCSO says that it took 526 plants to destroy, and charged Burger and Roe with Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance — both for marijuana. They were cited to appear in court on October 22.

On the same day, another investigation found an illegal grow operation in the same area. Deputies seized 12 more plants, leaving the house with the number of plants allowed under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

KCSO says that the address, names, and charges related to this second site will not be released "pending further investigation."

Law enforcement launched a third investigation on Thursday in the 7700-block of Donegal Avenue in Klamath Falls — seizing 15 plants and leaving the allotted four. In this case, KCSO again said that the names and charges at this location will not be released until further investigation has been completed.

In total, KCSO seized and destroyed 553 illegal marijuana plants.

After a similar series of busts in August, Sheriff Chris Kaber and his office expressed mounting frustration with the rampant black market marijuana trade, declaring that marijuana cultivators need to "grow legal or get out."

In this week's statement, despite the size of the busts, Kaber's tone was more reserved:

“The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone to know there are legal options available for them to grow marijuana and if they would just do that they would not be subject to investigation, criminal charges, and seizure of their crops," said Kaber in a statement. "Rampant abuse of the legal system allowing for marijuana use and production is the norm and we will continue to root out illegal growers using funds made available through a grant from the State of Oregon.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 11188

Reported Deaths: 230
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah269472
Marion174353
Washington172020
Clackamas91427
Umatilla8867
Union3671
Lincoln3634
Lane2713
Malheur2661
Deschutes2290
Yamhill1719
Linn16810
Polk16812
Jackson1640
Jefferson1450
Morrow1321
Klamath1311
Wasco1021
Benton996
Hood River990
Douglas560
Clatsop550
Josephine541
Coos520
Columbia470
Lake240
Crook171
Tillamook150
Wallowa120
Curry90
Baker80
Sherman30
Harney20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 302484

Reported Deaths: 6859
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1249923690
Riverside23334533
Orange21517402
San Diego18402415
San Bernardino17414304
Imperial7654127
Fresno762787
Alameda7407146
San Joaquin606567
Kern597989
Santa Clara5678166
Tulare5509148
Sacramento493278
Stanislaus436450
Contra Costa435788
San Francisco414550
Ventura409353
Santa Barbara386829
San Mateo3787111
Marin322730
Kings285539
Monterey234317
Solano198527
Merced179312
Sonoma151914
Placer99311
San Luis Obispo8774
Madera8578
Yolo80228
Santa Cruz5063
Napa4664
Sutter3374
Butte3194
San Benito3112
El Dorado2920
Lassen2690
Shasta1766
Yuba1633
Humboldt1614
Glenn1590
Nevada1591
Mendocino1070
Colusa1030
Lake1011
Tehama981
Calaveras610
Tuolumne600
Del Norte580
Mono491
Amador360
Inyo341
Siskiyou330
Mariposa311
Plumas150
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 74°
Brookings
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 58°
Crater Lake
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 68°
Grants Pass
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 75°
Klamath Falls
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 68°
Hot & windy Saturday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events