MEDFORD, Ore. (KOIN) — Authorities raided a warehouse in Southern Oregon, seizing more than 6,000 marijuana plants and detaining 14 people.
According to the Medford Police Department, Wednesday’s raid came after a two month investigation into black market marijuana sales. Police said investigators discovered a “large scale” indoor marijuana grow on Antelope Road in White City, which is just north of Medford. The grow was not licensed or legal, according to police.
Investigators learned the operation was being financed and managed by a man from Beverly Hills, California, according to police. They arrested that man, 56-year-old Saleh Shalomi, during the raid. Shalomi faces charges of unlawful possession, delivery and manufacture of marijuana, as well as money laundering. He is in the Jackson County Jail on $75,000 bail. Two other subjects were identified and released, police said.
Investigators destroyed the plants, which they say weighed 2.75 tons and had an approximate street value of $7,800,000.
This was the first case for a new drug team called the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET), according to Medford Police.
Last year, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office got a grant of more than $573,000 from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to help enforce marijuana laws. IMET is funded by that grant.