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216 pounds of cannabis extracts, counterfeit vape items seized

By Chelsea Deffenbacher, The Register-Guard
Published: October 31, 2019, 8:36pm

EUGENE, Ore. — More than 200 pounds of cannabis extracts and items related to the manufacture and sale of counterfeit vape cartridges were seized from a property near Dexter last week as part of an illegal marijuana bust by Oregon State Police.

The Oregon State Police Northwest Region Marijuana Team dismantled the illegal marijuana extract operation when it served a search warrant on the property on the 38000 block of Dexter Road on Oct. 23. The site had been reported to OSP by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission Medical Marijuana Division, which discovered the illegal operation at an out-of-compliance state medical marijuana grow site.

The lab where the extractions were made was operating in a makeshift outdoor structure with unsanitary conditions and was not licensed to process cannabis by OLCC, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, or the state department of agriculture’s industrial hemp program, police said.

Two suspects were located at the property, police said, but they have not yet been identified. Along with 216 pounds of marijuana extract seized at the site, authorities seized 10 firearms, one of which was stolen, and two butane hash oil extraction machines valued at $120,000. Also seized were items relating to the manufacture and sale of counterfeit vape cartridges, police said. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and OLCC assisted in OSP’s operation. The suspects may face charges of unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful delivery of a marijuana item and unlawful manufacture of a marijuana item. The charges have been forwarded to the Lane County District Attorney’s Office.