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C.O. drug agents arrest Prineville couple in raid on home, marijuana grow operation and nursery supply store

Nearly 1,900 pot plants seized; complex money-laundering scheme uncovered

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) – Central Oregon drug agents raided a Prineville couple’s home, indoor growing facility and retail nursery supply store “Herbology” Wednesday, arresting the pair on charges of growing and selling black-market marijuana products outside of the state and from their store, not licensed to sell cannabis.

Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team detectives, assisted by the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT), executed the coordinated search warrants around 11 a.m. Wednesday at the home, growing facility and store, Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp said Thursday.

They concluded a long-term investigation by seizing nearly 1,900 marijuana plants, 168 pounds of processed marijuana, more than $20,000 in cash, three rifles and two pistols, he said. They also uncovered a complex money-laundering scheme involving real estate and structured banking transactions.

The Prineville couple, in their 40s, were detained by the CERT team and later arrested by detectives at the scene. They were lodged at the Crook County Jail on charges of unlawful manufacturing, delivery and possession of marijuana, while the husband also was charged with felon in possession of a firearm. Vander Kamp said more charges are expected as the investigation continues.

The Crook County Sheriff's Office, Prineville Police Department and Oregon State Police assisted with the investigation, eradication and dismantling of the site, the CODE team spokesman said..

"The possession of small amounts of marijuana is legal for recreational use in Oregon," Vander Kamp wrote. "However, large, unlicensed marijuana operations remain illegal. Due to these unregulated operations, they pose dangers to the public and the environment." 

The couple's commercial grow operation was located in a residential area of Juniper Canyon, an unincorporated area of Crook County. Most of the residents in this area are dependent on the ground or well water for their households, he said. In March, Governor Brown declared Crook County to be in extreme drought conditions and struggling with consistent groundwater sources. 

Vander Kamp continued, "Investigators have found illegal marijuana grows diverted or stolen significant water from nearby homes, commercial farms, or directly from pumps connected to underground sources in the arid Central Oregon High Desert.

"This particular grow site used underground well water and maintained a complex watering system that supplied marijuana production. Additionally, Illegal marijuana farms often use pesticides and insecticides that threaten residential water supplies and endanger the end user," the sergeant said. 

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  1. “They also uncovered a complex money-laundering scheme involving real estate and structured banking transactions.”

    Oh so they found some average Central Oregonian landlords then.

    1. Hahaha. As a low income person who paid about 30k of my millionaire landlords mortgage on his 5th house I gotta hi 5 your comment.
      Can we please stop calling it marijuana?? It’s not 1940s reefer madness anymore. You all know that was a dirty racist move by our government to rename cannabis to marijuana???
      Once a racist nation always a racist nation.

  2. Felon in possession. Will he get 7 years like our Redmond fugitive? Naw, he’ll hire a real lawyer and get probation. Criminal justice reform.

  3. More anti farming, anti ranching, anti business magas, they are hypocritically making america worse again every day (no wonder prineville is still so small and poor after all these CENTURIES of supposed effort)

    1. Hempers are not farmers. They are really bad at it. Don’t rotate, rolls of plastic to cover the crop, use chemicals that are not federally labeled.

    1. Denny can’t control what others do. But you can bank on that the “higher ups” involved cannot condone what they are not able to get their cut of. Use if pesticides, insecticides poison the ground water but, the farmers paying their cuts using the same products don’t poison the ground water? Right! Got it. Government is completely threatened by independent people that don’t need their services to survive or make them relevant. Wait for it…………………#FACT 🤣🤣

      1. Another rugged individualist weighs in who evidently never uses public roads, police or fire services, sewer or municipal water…. Shine on, you crazy diamond.

  4. The only thing these busts are for is because the government isn’t getting their cut in this end of it. They don’t care about water or pesticides. And the truth is the pots shops weed is WAY stronger than this weed but, let’s give it a pass if we can skim off the top to keep the government relevant. Wake up you sheeples!

    1. I will allow an occasional comment through only to remind you that most will be trashed until you change your screen name. Or you can explain to me what it means, in acceptable fashion. I allow people to rip me in their screen names, but not with offensive terms. Your choice.

      1. You will allow? So your saying you have unilateral authority to ax a comment that’s offensive (as you said). What is offensive to one may not be to a whole lot of other people so, what gives you the power to cut anyone’s comments. Seems authoritarian to me. To answer your question although it’s absolutely NONE of your business: barnyards fuzzy bags are animal themed bags and does not reference you in the slightest. I know you feel important with your job title and the power they’ve obviously gave you, kinda like when Superman puts on his suit, but you really are not that important to everyday citizens just as I am not. Don’t let your job title go to your head Barney, you are no different than anyone else in this community. Hope this explains some? If you need more clarification of my “screen name” just ask. Thank you.

        1. How coincidental that the moderator – whose job, yes it is, is to make judgment calls on whether posts are offensive, 1000s of times a week – is named Barney.
          I get beaten up here daily, over false allegations. So “go to my head” is way over the top.
          I did ask, simply and nicely, for you to change or explain your screen name after you first used it. You did not respond. So I had to repeat my request, more firmly.

      2. I know what it means. I’m sure you do too.
        “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out-
        Because I was not a socialist.
        Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out-
        Because I was not a trade unionist.
        Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
        Because I was not a Jew.
        Then they came for me- and there was no one left to speak for me” -M. Niemoller

        Tell us again about moderation and how the majority of people just want to meet in the middle. Tell us while you can. I
        realize you don’t do much actual journalism but it’s looking like your profession is likely to be next.

        1. Well one could argue that the hate- and blame-filled attackers are the “they” that are “coming for” responsible journalists trying to do a fair and accurate job of reporting, because the reporting is not leaning in THEIR direction.
          Every allegory can be twisted and misused to attack. Sad.

          1. The problem is, it seems that so much journalism is leaning one direction or the other, that almost all credibility is lost. Unfortunately “they” must also include journalist. How can anyone know what truth is these day’s? How can we possibly know, what journalist are being fair, accurate, and responsible?

            1. Our stories are full of facts and truth, and of course some opinions, always properly sourced. Rarely has anyone ever found an error, and they were accidental if so, not intentional.
              Fairness, what folks read between the lines – we can’t be responsible for the opinions/biases people bring to stories.

          2. You are. And luckily for you, it’s extremely unlikely that you’ll have to deal with any of it. Sad for the real journalists who are responsible for the contents of the wire as opposed to just regurgitating what they’ve been fed.

  5. You can’t just open an unregulated gas station and start selling gas. Weed’s legal, take all steps to smash out unregulated cartel dealings. Nice work.

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