Sheriff’s Deputies bust million-dollar ‘pot farm’ operation, with outer East Portland connections

See part of the “pot” haul deputies have garnered
– so far – as this wide-ranging investigation continues …

Sheriff Deputies are tight-lipped about their ongoing investigation of a multi-location “pot-farming” network raising hundreds of plants, like these. (MSCO Photo)

Reported by David F. Ashton
We haven’t yet been allowed to see the operations for ourselves, but Lt. Jason Gates has confirmed to us that the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MSCO) Special Investigations Unit has busted three indoor marijuana farms.

According to Gates, “Two days last week, our personnel served search warrants at three locations in Multnomah County. [This action] resulted in the seizure and dismantling of large growing operations at each location.”

While deputies wouldn’t comment on this ongoing case, Sheriff’s Deputies indicate this pot-growing set-up is highly sophisticated. (MCSO photo)

Seized during the three “pot farm” busts, Gates says, were 920 plants, worth approximately $6 million in street value, and 8 pounds of harvested marijuana buds with a $102,000 approximate street value.

In addition to the pot, deputies are also cataloging a large assortment of sophisticated grow appliances, such as lights, airflow ducting, and industrial fans.

Outer East Portland connection
“This is an on-going investigation,” Gates tells us, “we can’t jeopardize the safety of our personnel, nor compromise the case. I can say some activity has been in your [East Portland] coverage area.”

Sheriff’s Deputies say these bags contain about 8 lbs. of harvested marijuana buds worth about $102,000 on the street. (MCSO Photo)

Gates indicates to us that there is more to this story. As it unfolds, you’ll see it here at East Portland News.

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