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More than 12,000 marijuana plants in 32 greenhouses were seized from a marijuana grow site in southern Oregon on Thursday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
A search warrant was served by Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team detectives along with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies at a rural property in Eagle Point at about 6:45 a.m., officials said in a statement.
The property contained the cannabis plants and 3,000 pounds of processed marijuana, sheriff’s officials said.
Seven workers at the site were detained, interviewed, and released, officials said.
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The grow site had been under investigation for a month and there was no licensing for any type of cannabis growing, handling, or processing, according to the sheriff’s office.
A primary suspect has been identified, the sheriff’s office noted.
Citations from county code enforcement totaling $67,000 were also issued for unapproved greenhouse structures, unapproved marijuana production, and unpermitted electrical installations, the sheriff’s office said.
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The statement also said unauthorized well water use for commercial crop irrigation was observed and is subject to civil and criminal penalties.
The Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team is a multi-agency task force in the Rogue Valley paid for by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.
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