Medical Marijuana Grower Identified in Illegal Growing Operation in Eugene, West Linn
EUGENE, Ore. -- A man registered to grow medical marijuana has been identified in connection with an illegal growing operation in Eugene and West Linn.
The 33-year old man is registered under Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) to be a grower for one patient. Multiple charges are pending against the suspect whose name is withheld until an arrest is made.
After an eight-month long investigation, an interagency Lane County narcotics enforcement team discovered four indoor growing operations in Eugene and West Linn this week.
Oregon State Police and Lane County law enforcement served search warrants at three adjacent houses located on Wilkes Drive in Eugene. They seized 1127 marijuana plants, two firearms and a large amount of growing equipment from the three uninhabited houses used solely for the purpose of growing marijuana.
Investigators also found numerous hazardous electrical code violations within the houses resulting from modified wiring to power several grow lights. City of Eugene Code Enforcement was contacted and power to the houses, which are located within 1,000 feet of a school, was shut down.
Investigators served a search warrant at a fourth house in West Linn where they seized 149 marijuana plants and a firearm.
The suspect told investigators the grow operation produced about 13 pounds of usable marijuana every 30 days and sold for $3,200 per pound. He is registered as a grower for one patient under OMMP and is only permitted to possess 6 mature marijuana plants, 18 seedlings, and 1 1/2 pounds of usable marijuana.