Pot and guns seized at Rogue River house

ROGUE RIVER — Police seized 77 pounds of marijuana and numerous firearms, including an assault rifle, from a Rogue River home on Tuesday.

The origin of the bust came during a traffic stop near Klamath Falls at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. An Oregon State Police trooper stopped a rented car on Highway 140 West for a traffic violation.

The van's occupants were identified as Jay D. Hudson, 45, and Belinda A. Clark, 37, both of Iowa.

Police searched the van and found 47 pounds of packaged marijuana inside.

OSP investigators continued their inquiry and learned that the marijuana had come from a home on Queens Branch Road in Rogue River.

Drug cops from local agencies descended on the home and arrested two men on felony drug charges.

Officers raided the house and found 30 pounds of marijuana, 11 firearms, packaging material and 91 starter plants.

The guns included a mix of long rifles, including a shotgun and an assault rifle, and handguns.

The residents of the home were identified as Donald Sifford, 52, and Christopher Sifford, 26.

Donald Sifford was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of marijuana. In addition, he faces 11 counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon. He remained jailed late Wednesday on $50,000 bail.

Christopher Sifford was lodged in jail on charges of conspiracy to deliver and manufacture marijuana. He was held late Wednesday on $50,000 bail.

OSP said the marijuana seized at the car stop near Klamath Falls was to be delivered out of state, but the agency would not comment on the destination.

The estimated value of all the marijuana seized is about $200,000, OSP said.

Hudson and Clark remain lodged in the Klamath County Jail on felony possession and delivery of marijuana charges.

OSP was assisted in the case by the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team and the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team, based in Josephine County.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.



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