LA PINE, OR -- The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team raided a large illegal marijuana grow in La Pine, Tuesday morning; following an investigation into numerous complaints from neighbors. Detectives say owners were not licensed to grow hemp, medical marijuana or recreational pot.
They say the operation on Wayside Loop appears to have been around for a few years and included a converted four-car garage, two outbuildings and two metal transport containers. The house was retrofitted for the grow, with a self-contained watering system and climate control equipment.
CODE seized nearly 2,000 pot plants, along with 350 pounds of dried product and Butane Honey Oil. They also found evidence of a money laundering operation, including a substantial amount of currency and a money counting machine.
Detectives arrested 51-year-old Sam Onat (top, left) and 41-year-old Christopher Fleming (top, right). Both are charged with Delivery, Manufacture and Possession of Marijuana and Criminal Conspiracy; Onat also faces a charge of Monday Laundering.