Officers from Oregon’s Jackson County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team, assisted by Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement detectives, raided a warehouse in Central Point and found more than 6,000 pounds of processed marijuana packaged for shipment, and about $5,000 in cash.
Officers arrested one suspect who was taken to the Jackson County Jail on felony charges for unlawful manufacture, unlawful possession, prohibited import or export, and conspiracy for unlawful distribution of a marijuana item.
“Depending on where the shipment was headed, the street value of the drugs was approximately $15 million,” Jackson County Sherrif’s Office said. “While regulatory agencies investigate permitted cannabis operations, IMET is focusing on the black-market marijuana trade in the Rogue Valley.”
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the operation did not have any permits to grow or process marijuana for recreational, commercial, or medical purposes.
Funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, IMET is a multi-agency task force that includes personnel from Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.