A massive illegal cannabis grow operation was raided by police near Central Point, Oregon last week. On July 22, several law enforcement squads busted a black-market marijuana grow in the 2000 block of Vilas Road near Central Point. Amidst the raid, officers found almost 7,400 marijuana plants in 35 non-permitted greenhouses. Additionally, they found 1,800 pounds of processed cannabis, dozens of pill bottles of marijuana extract, ammunition, guns, cocaine, and over $9,000 in cash.
Law enforcement also found three AR-style rifles, an AK-47, and a 9mm handgun with a high-capacity drum magazine. One of the rifles was reported stolen out of Los Angeles. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said that 35 people were detained and interviewed during the investigation.
The agency also said, “Living conditions for migrant workers at the grow site were uninhabitable.” They continued, saying, “Living and working areas were filthy, cramped, and otherwise unsafe with many sleeping on cardboard inside shipping containers with little or no access to bathing and bathroom facilities.” State and local officials identified a myriad of numerous electrical and building code violations, and Oregon OSHA brought in two inspectors to catalog violations and administer sanctions.
The investigation into the grow operation is still ongoing, said the Jackson County Sheriffs Office.