Federal authorities moved this week to take control of a property on East Evans Creek Road in Rogue River that drug investigators raided in early September, court documents show.
The United States Attorney's Office filed documents alleging that Kenton Parsons Jr. of Coos Bay used the Rogue River site and two locations in Coos Bay for the manufacture and distribution of marijuana in both indoor and outdoor gardens.
The properties under investigation are at 11385 East Evans Creek Road, Rogue River, and 63450 Shinglehouse Road and 63055 Coal Creek Road, both in Coos Bay. All three are owned by Parsons.
Parsons hasn't been charged in the crimes, federal court records show. Federal laws spell out a process for the government to seek forfeiture of properties involving crimes even without anyone being charged with a federal crime.
In the documents, federal law enforcement sets out aerial photographs taken of the sites and pulled from Google Earth and records of excessive electricity consumption suspected of being used to power marijuana growing equipment. Raids on the properties turned up hundreds of pounds of marijuana, plants and equipment, court documents show.
A raid conducted Sept. 5 at the East Evans Creek Road property found 63 live marijuana plants in an outdoor growing operation on the site, court documents allege. The plants were being cultivated beneath netting originally seen in an aerial photograph.
Court documents say that Parsons told investigators that he and three other people used the property as a growing site that was registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, but he was the only one caring for the plants. He said the plants had been moved to Rogue River from the Shinglehouse Road property because electricity costs were too high for the indoor operation in Coos County. He claimed the property could have up to 72 plants under the medical marijuana program.
Parsons told investigators that he expected to harvest about 1.5 pounds of marijuana from each of 24 plants he said belonged to him. He claimed that he would keep six pounds of processed marijuana for himself, then give the rest to other patients or growers who gave a donation to help cover his growing costs, court documents state. He said the donation was not a specific amount, but was based on a market price of $2,000 per pound.
Investigators also seized evidence from the two suspected Coos Bay marijuana-growing sites. Documents say agents took 131 pounds of dried marijuana, six dying marijuana plants and documents from the Shinglehouse Road residence, and 54 live marijuana plants and documents from the Coal Creek Road residence.
Attempts to reach Parsons on Thursday were unsuccessful.
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