Oregon: Sheriff: Fire south of Creswell reveals ‘large-scale criminal marijuana operation’

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office along with several local fire agencies responded to 80650 Hwy 99S near Saginaw (south of Creswell) regarding a structure fire.

While on scene, authorities observed evidence indicating the location to be involved in a “large-scale criminal marijuana manufacturing and trafficking operation,” LCSO said.

Deputies applied for and were able to obtain a search warrant to seize evidence related to this operation.

Authorities responding to 80650 Hwy 99S near Saginaw (south of Creswell) for a structure fire observed evidence of a “large-scale criminal marijuana manufacturing and trafficking operation,” the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said, Oct. 20, 2021. (SBG)

Deputies executed the search warrant on the morning of Oct. 20 and seized a “very high” volume of marijuana, the sheriff’s office said.

“Over 2,000 marijuana plants were seized in addition to over 200lbs of processed, ready-to-sell marijuana,” police said.

The local street market value of the marijuana seized is estimated at over two million dollars, according to the report.

“This value if sold outside the State of Oregon could easily be tripled,” LCSO said. “Evidence was also obtained that this was an unlicensed, non-medical marijuana operation.”

This investigation is ongoing and formal charges have not yet been filed.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police Northwest Region Marijuana Team for their assistance with this investigation.

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