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140 pounds of pot seized in SWAT arrest

The man captured in rural Jackson County earlier this week by the multi-state law enforcement task force faces new charges accusing him of possessing large quantities of unlicensed marijuana, as well as discharging a firearm inside a tent.

Robert Phillip Tallman, 33, of Prospect, was charged late last week in Jackson County Circuit Court on added felony marijuana and weapons charges stemming from about 140 pounds of “usable marijuana” seized after his arrest near Butte Falls Highway and Highway 62, according to documents filed by Jackson County sheriff’s deputies in two cases involving Tallman.

Tallman was originally arrested Tuesday afternoon on a string of felony charges and parole violation warrants naming him as a suspect in multiple Shady Cove area burglaries and police chases, according to an earlier news report.

Court documents show that Jackson County sheriff’s deputies had been investigating Tallman for more than a month prior to the arrest that drew from the assistance of Jackson County’s Special Weapons and Tactics team, along with resources from state and federal agencies as part of the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders task force.

The earliest incident that Tallman allegedly eluded police in a 1973 Chevrolet flatbed pickup was Jan. 11, according to court documents. Police chased the truck for several miles before the truck broke down, then Tallman allegedly ditched the truck and fled on foot.

A search warrant on the truck executed Jan. 15 yielded evidence of a $1,000 burglary at a shop on Sawyer Road, court documents say. Inside the truck, police also found nearly 12-1/2 pounds of “cannabis product” in two packages, according to court documents.

The day of Tallman’s arrest Tuesday, a Jackson County sheriff’s detective and a U.S. marshal conducting surveillance on Tallman allegedly witnessed Tallman enter a tent with a handgun in the 100 block of Butte Falls Highway and open fire.

The documents indicate the gunshot may have been related to an incident of domestic violence.

When law enforcement tried to make contact with Tallman, police say he fled on foot and hid the firearm inside a Ford F-250 flatbed truck on the property. Tallman was captured in less than 15 minutes, according to the previous story.

Search warrants served on the truck, Tallman’s tent and a trailer yielded “approximately 140 pounds of usable marijuana,” according to an affidavit.

As of Saturday evening, Tallman remains held in the Jackson County Jail without bail on multiple burglary, theft, and marijuana charges, and for violating his parole on prior convictions for attempting to elude police in a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a destructive device stemming from a November 2017 police chase near Shady Cove.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Robert Phillip Tallman was arrested by local and federal agents Tuesday. Jackson County Sheriff's Office photo.