On Friday November 3, 2017, investigators with the Portland Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division responded to the 6000 block of Southeast 111th Avenue after receiving an anonymous tip about illegal marijuana processing.
During the preliminary investigation, officers learned that subjects were delivering hundreds of harvested marijuana plants to a warehouse. As officers investigated the drug complaint, they contacted a person associated with the warehouse. The person claimed to be responsible for the warehouse and the delivery of the marijuana.
When officers entered the warehouse, they discovered sixteen people working within the building. The people were processing the drying marijuana plants. Officers also contacted several individuals who provided documentation about the marijuana. According to the documents, the marijuana was being grown for five patients under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. The individuals claimed they were in the process of obtaining their "Recreational License" through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), but no license had been granted. Based on information learned during the investigation, officers believed the operation was in excess of the total 30 mature plants allowed under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program guidelines.
Officers processed the operation and seized an estimated 500 mature marijuana plants weighing 2,998.2 pounds. The case is being reviewed by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.
Community members concerned about illegal drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at 503-823-3784.