Oct 25,2007 00:00
Two men were arrested Tuesday afternoon following a raid on their southwest Bend home where drug agents allegedly found a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation and seized over 140 plants with a potential street value in excess of $200,000.
Casey James Connell, 27, was taken into custody a short distance from the home, and Reed Richard Last, 25, was arrested when he returned to the residence during the search, Gautney reported. Both arrests were without incident.
An active marijuana grow inside the home was hidden by false walls and rooms, and utilized diverted electrical power from other locations inside the residence, Gautney said, adding that another room was modified to allow for an expanded and larger operation.
Detectives seized 105 mature marijuana plants, 36 immature plants, and about one pound of dried pot, the lieutenant said. “The marijuana grow could potentially have been [valued]in excess of $200,000 if it had made it to the street,” Gautney stated.
Connell and Last were lodged in the Deschutes County Jail and are charged with manufacturing, delivery, and possession of marijuana; conspiracy to manufacture marijuana; and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.