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Pot raid uncovers silver, guns

Police found dozens of greenhouses wedged into a clearing near the community of Wolf Creek north of Grants Pass during a Wednesday raid. [Photo courtesy of Josephine County Sheriff’s Office]

Investigators found silver, cash, guns and dozens of large greenhouses wedged into a forest clearing near the community of Wolf Creek during a marijuana raid Wednesday.

The illegal marijuana grow was located along the 800 block of Coyote Creek Road north of Grants Pass, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office said.

More than 3,000 marijuana plants were destroyed during the execution of a search warrant. The property had multiple electrical, water and solid waste code violations that could result in the civil forfeiture of the property, the sheriff’s office said.

The site had at least 33 greenhouses packed into the clearing. A tangle of electrical wires brought power to the operation while at least seven large, above-ground tanks stored water, according to aerial and ground photos from the raid.

Investigators found large water storage tanks at a marijuana grow they say was using water illegally. [Photo courtesy of Josephine County Sheriff’s Office]

The primary suspect was not located during the raid. The person could face charges of unlawful manufacture of marijuana and unlawful appropriation of water based on evidence found at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team carried out the raid with the assistance of Rogue Area Drug Enforcement and Josephine County Code Enforcement, the sheriff’s office said.