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Police: 300 lbs. of illegal pot found during raid

A rural Jacksonville couple were arrested on drug charges after an early-morning raid on their property turned up more than 300 pounds of processed marijuana and a pot plantation that was not licensed in Oregon, authorities said.

Michael Davide Stanford, 49, and Melody O’Donnell-Stanford, 58, were arrested on charges of unlawful manufacture, possession and delivery of marijuana during the 7 a.m. raid at their property on the 100 block of Humbug Creek Road, according to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Neither one has a license under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program nor the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s recreational marijuana program to produce marijuana beyond personal use, according to the district attorney’s office.

During the raid, police found more than 600 marijuana plants, more than 300 pounds of processed marijuana, more than 50 pounds of hashish, more than 10 pounds of butane hash and five firearms, authorities said.

The couple also has been assessed about $100,000 in fines by Jackson County for multiple marijuana violations as well as nonpermitted structures on their property, authorities said.

The Stanfords were each lodged Monday in the Jackson County Jail on $40,000 bail, with O’Donnell-Stanford released from custody later that day, jail records show.

The case was investigated by the Oregon State Southwest Regional Marijuana Team and was assisted in the case by several local and regional drug task forces as well as the FBI.

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