Jan 12,2007 00:00
When detectives raided two homes about 12 miles east of Bend Tuesday evening, they found that one home had been converted throughout into a sophisticated marijuana growing operation with both hydroponic and soil growing systems, and seized almost 200 pot plants growing in various stages of maturity. Three pounds of dried marijuana were also found, authorities said, and one man was arrested.
Shelton, working with the CODE team, said that two homes and the suspect’s activities in and around the Bend area were monitored. Information gleaned from the surveillance in addition to witness statements were enough to obtain a search warrant for both residences.
The first search warrant was executed at 62850 Deschutes Road about 5:15 p.m. January 9, and was immediately followed with a raid at Black’s home on Nelson Road.
Detectives seized 187 pot plants and about one pound of dried marijuana at the Deschutes Road residence. With an estimated yield of eight ounces of usable marijuana from each established plant, these plants would yield about 85 pounds of marijuana. Based on the current street value of $3,500 per pound, at full maturity the plants seized would be worth about $297,000.
Black was taken into custody and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail with bail set at $50,000. He is charged with possession, delivery and manufacture of a controlled substance.
According to Detective Sergeant Shelton, the investigation into the growing operation is continuing.
The CODE Team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force comprised of detectives from all Central Oregon law enforcement agencies including: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Prineville Police Department, Oregon State Police, Jefferson County Sheriffs Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Deschutes County District Attorney and the Oregon National Guard.