BEND, OR -- More than 90 mature pot plants and 55 immature plants were seized from an illegal marijuana grow discovered at property southeast of Bend. Deschutes County deputies and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team also found nearly six pounds of dried pot and 4.76 pounds of Butane Honey Oil product, as well as two BHO labs. They destroyed 50 pounds of "shake," which are leaves and stems that contain THC and are used to produce BHO.
Detectives believe 34-year-old Andrew Ledford and 40-year-old Jennifer Jones were illegally exporting pot out of state, hidden inside decorative wall art. They discovered a large quantity of product hidden within shipped packaging, inside a removable back panel (pictured: right). They also found a "substantial amount" of vaping inserts containing THC. They say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. Ledford and Jones face numerous drug-related charges.
A search warrant was executed at the property in early September, as part of a joint effort between CODE and the new Sheriff's Office proactive marijuana enforcement detective, authorized by County Commissioners.