Southern Oregon pot raids capture 7,500 pounds



PORTLAND, Ore. — Nearly 8,000 pounds of marijuana has been seized in raids of Josephine County.

The report from the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team Thursday said 26 people have been charged or are under investigation. It said most cases involved people in the state medical marijuana program with more pot than the law allows.

While raids were conducted in Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Wilderville, Williams, and Selma, the biggest confiscation was in Merlin where authorities used a dump truck in late October to take almost 5,000 pounds of growing marijuana. A 60-year-old man was cited for that incident.

In all, police seized 7,500 pounds growing on 279 mature plants, 930 pounds of marijuana bud, hundreds of additional pounds of drying marijuana, 120 firearms, and various amounts of other drugs.