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  • Police seize 60 firearms from Selma-area medical marijuana grow operation

  • Police seized more than 60 guns two weeks ago during a bust at a Selma-area medical marijuana site, according to court records.
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  • Police seized more than 60 guns two weeks ago during a bust at a Selma-area medical marijuana site, according to court records.
    Police arrested two people there and confiscated marijuana that had been stored in nine tubs, or hanging on racks, as well as plants that were growing indoors.
    A second medical marijuana location also was busted, east of Cave Junction, where 37 marijuana plants, 15 bags of marijuana bud and two guns were seized.
    Details about what led to the busts and what was found during the raids were detailed in a police affidavit filed last week in Josephine County Circuit Court by the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team.
    Arrested were Raymond J. Beairsto, 54, and Karen Beairsto, 50, of 955 Reeves Creek Road, on charges of illegal manufacture and sale of marijuana, plus unlawful possession of guns.
    Police were told by an informant that he had been paid to process marijuana at the Beairsto property, and that marijuana there had come from the home of a Beairsto relative at 2594 Chapman Creek Road, which is a medical marijuana growing site for six people.
    Acting on a tip, detectives asked Raymond Beairsto on Oct. 26 to search his property on Reeves Creek Road, but he refused.
    He told police his property was a registered medical marijuana growing site, but that he no longer grew there and had no large amounts of marijuana.
    Subsequently, police contacted a man who left the property and eventually told them he had no medical marijuana card and had been paid to process marijuana at the Beairsto home.
    Raymond Beairsto posted $2,000 security and was released from custody, and Karen Beairsto was released on her own recognizance.
    RADE Detective Ray Myers said guns may be seized because they can be used in the commission of drug transactions, including protecting money or drugs.
    He also said guns may be considered assets from the sales of drugs.
    Reach reporter Shaun Hall at 541-474-3813 or shall@thedailycourier.com
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