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Raid uncovers massive illegal pot grow near Central Point

JCSO photo | Police said living conditions for migrant workers at a sprawling illegal grow site on Vilas Roas were unihabitable.
JCSO photo | Thirty-five greenhouses and more than 7,400 marijuana plants were discovered Thursday at an illegal grow site on Vilas Road.

Thirty-five greenhouses, 7,400 marijuana plants, more than 1,800 pounds of processed marijuana and 71 vials of marijuana extract were discovered last Thursday in a raid in the 2000 block of Vilas Road near Central Point, according to a press release issued Monday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The property did not possess permits to grow or process marijuana for recreational, commercial or medical purposes, the release said.

The raid, conducted at about 7 a.m. July 22 by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, also uncovered 10.5 grams of cocaine and six guns, including three AR-style rifles, an AK-47 and a 9mm handgun, the release said.

The press release said living conditions for migrant workers at the grow site were uninhabitable. Thirty-five people were detained and interviewed, but police mentioned no arrests from the raid.

“Living and working areas were filthy, cramped and otherwise unsafe, with many sleeping on cardboard inside shipping containers with little or no access to bathing and bathroom facilities,” the release said.