Thursday, November 15 2012, 02:25 PM CST
Police seize pot, guns during raids
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Over a 30-day period, state and local law enforcement have seized about 930 pounds of marijuana bud.
The seizure comes as Oregon State Police, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team investigate 17 drug cases that involved more than 20 people.
Police say most of the cases involve people associated with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. They allege these individuals are focused on growing or possessing more marijuana than the program allows.
In several of the cases, police allege the growers are selling pot to people who aren't OMMP patients for profit in and out of Oregon.
The wholesale price for marijuana in Josephine County is $1,200 to $1,500 per pound, according to a press release from the Oregon State Police.
Police made the most recent arrest on Tuesday in the Williams area. Detectives and the OSP SWAT Team served search warrants on three homes in the 1400 block of Rock Creek Road.
In this raid, police seized 252 pounds of marijuana, 14 firearms, a ballistic vest, surveillance equipment and methamphetamine. They cited and released three people on drug-related charges.
Other raids happened on Oct. 16 in the Grants Pass area; Oct. 20 in the Cave Junction area, Oct. 23 during a traffic stop; Oct. 24 in the Merlin area; Oct. 25 in Grants Pass and Wilderville area; Oct. 26 in Selma and Cave Junction; and Nov. 7 in the Cave Junction area.
In all, police say they seized 930 pounds of marijuana bud; over 7,500 pounds of wet marijuana plant weight from 279 mature plants; user amounts of methamphetamine, heroin and Percocet; hundreds of pounds of drying marijuana or shake; and 120 firearms.