5,600 plants seized in Josephine County pot raids
The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team made one arrest and seized more than 5,000 plants following searches last week of two suspected illicit marijuana raids outside Grants Pass.
Vincent Russel Lopez-Avendano, 23, of Santa Rosa, California, faces felony counts of unlawfully manufacturing and possessing marijuana stemming from a May 19 search of an alleged grow operation in the 3000 block of Southside Road, Grants Pass, according to a news release issued by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon.
The multi-agency Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team alleges it found Lopez-Avendano in possession of more than 4,400 plants on the property, and the Josephine County District Attorney’s office has since added a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully appropriating water, accusing him of storing, using or diverting water without a permit.
On the same day as the raid on Southside Road, JMET says it found approximately 1,200 unlicensed plants on a property in the 200 block of Forest Glen Road. Police detained two individuals in the second raid, but as of Monday afternoon the primary suspect remained outstanding.
Lopez-Avendano was booked in the Josephine County Jail Thursday and released Friday after posting $5,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 22, Josephine County Circuit Court records show.