Law enforcement raids marijuana operations


Last updated 12/19/2023 at 10:29am

Photo Courtesy Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

An investigation led to multiple warrants being served on marijuana growing operations in Bend last week.

On December 12, at 7 a.m., Detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement Team (DCIMME) executed three search warrants after conducting a long-term investigation into the illegal production of marijuana at multiple addresses in the Bend area.

The team was supported by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, Drug Enforcement Administration, Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, Redmond Police Department, Bend Police Department, Oregon Army National Guard Counterdrug, Oregon Water Resources, Deschutes County Code Enforcement, Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SWAT team,

A total of 330 growing marijuana plants, approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana material, one firearm, and 50 grams of psilocybin mushrooms were seized.

Warrants were served in the 21000 block of Tumalo Road; the 21000 block of Tumalo Place; and the 63000 block Logan Avenue in Bend. Kelly James King, 39, of Bend, was arrested on a charge of unlawful manufacture of marijuana within a thousand feet of a school.

Law enforcement reportedly found non-permitted dangerous electrical wiring which consisted of exposed wiring, breakers, and outlets; black mold and marijuana mite infestation; and ground water contamination due to herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers being disposed of on the properties.


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