Illegal marijuana growing site in Central Point raided by law enforcement
Detectives with the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team, IMET, served a search warrant on a marijuana grow site Thursday morning in the 1800 block of Gibbon Road in Central Point.
The property contained approximately 4,800 illegal cannabis plants in hoop-style greenhouses. The plants were tested for THC levels, seized and destroyed, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Jackson County Code Enforcement fined the property owner a total of $33,000 for five separate violations. Investigations determined the property owner was paid $7,500 to lease his property for the grow. The money was seized during the search warrant.
This case was the result of a month-long investigation of an illegal-black market marijuana grow site.
Jose Manuel Jaime-Guerrero, 26, of Cloverdale, Calif., was arrested and is being held in the Jackson County Jail. Jamie-Guerrero has been charged with one felony count each of unlawful possession, unlawful delivery, and unlawful manufacture of a marijuana item.
In addition to the criminal investigation, code enforcement and Oregon Water Resources Department District 13 Watermasters conducted independent investigations. Each agency identified multiple violations that will be addressed by enforcing penalties and fines.
Code enforcement identified five separate violations totaling $33,000 in fines to the property owner. The violations were for 11 non-permitted structures at the site — specifically hoop-style greenhouses — unauthorized marijuana production, temporary fencing within a marijuana grow, using recreational vehicles as living space within a marijuana growing site and solid waste, the sheriff’s office said.
There was no licensing for any type of cannabis growing, handling or processing at this location, authorities said.
While regulatory agencies investigate permitted cannabis operations, IMET is focusing on the black-market marijuana trade in the Rogue Valley. IMET is a multi-agency task force funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.
These investigations are open and ongoing with detectives working additional leads.