Deputies seize 400 pot plants
Three Central Point residents were arrested after drug investigators seized nearly 400 marijuana plants worth $2 million Tuesday from a large-scale growing operation in their home.
Steven Lewis Wilson, 47; his son, Thunder Lei Wilson, 26; and Steven's girlfriend, Diana Cathryn McIntyre, 52, were charged with possession, manufacture and distribution of marijuana in connection with the plants found at 5710 Gebhard Road. Steven Lewis also was charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.
"So far this year, that's the largest amount marijuana seized from one household," said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters.
In addition to the plants, investigators confiscated 10 pounds of processed and dried marijuana, grow lamps, fans, timers, scales and other instruments used for manufacturing and distributing marijuana.
About half of the 394 plants found at the residence had been trimmed and harvested, Winters said. The plants were growing in pots indoors and in a greenhouse outside, he said.
The three were arrested and bailed out of jail Thursday.
To date in 2007, law enforcement has located and removed about 200,000 marijuana plants in Jackson County with a street value of $1 billion, Winters said.