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6,000 pounds of pot seized from Central Point warehouse

A California man was arrested on felony charges after a team of narcotics detectives allegedly found tons of processed and packaged marijuana inside a Central Point warehouse that carried a street value of as much as $15 million.

The Jackson County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team and Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement detectives say they found more than three tons of processed marijuana packaged for shipment Tuesday afternoon at a warehouse in the 6000 block of Agate Road, according to a release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

One suspect, identified as Agustin Rodriguez, 49, of Lathrop, California, was arrested at the scene on felony charges of prohibited import or export of a marijuana item, unlawful manufacture and possession of a marijuana item and conspiring to commit the crime of unlawful distribution of a marijuana item, according to police.

The facility did not carry any permits from the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission or the Oregon Health Authority, according to police, meaning that the facility was not licensed for any form of recreational, commercial or medical growing or processing of marijuana.

Rodriguez was booked in the Jackson County Jail and released Tuesday evening, jail records show.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office had not yet filed charges in the case.

According to police, detectives are working additional suspect leads, and the case is still under investigation.