Central Point marijuana grower sentenced on federal drug charges

A Central Point man was sentenced today in Medford to more than three years in federal prison for conspiring to illegally grow and sell marijuana under the guise of Oregon's Medical Marijuana Program, authorities said.

U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner today sentenced Donald Galvan, 48, to 37 months in federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 100 or more kilograms of marijuana.

The case began from an April 2011 traffic stop in Texas where police seized 43 pounds of marijuana. The driver admitted he was en route to Florida to sell the marijuana for $5,500 per pound, and that 23 pounds came from Galvan, federal prosecutors said.

Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents then began conducting surveillance on Galvan's residence. One day they stopped a truck driven by co-defendant Richard Crusos of Medford and found it was carrying 65 pounds of packaged marijuana from the residence, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Galvan told investigators he expected to get $126,000 from the marijuana and that 27 pounds of it was from his operation and the rest from Crusos, court records show.

Galvan admitted that his participation in the medical marijuana program was "a front" to grow marijuana illegally for sale, prosecutors said in a news release.

Crusos pled guilty to federal charges from his role in the operation and was sentenced in July to 18 months in federal prison, prosecutors said.

— Mark Freeman.

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