Three men have been arrested after officials seized more than 1,000 pot plants, 200 pounds of processed marijuana, weapons and cash from an illegal grow operation in Crook County.
According to the Central Oregon Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team, investigators spent several months investigating complaints from the Alfalfa community related to ongoing suspected illegal marijuana grow operations. The Alfalfa community’s concerns ranged from increased traffic to a steady increase in suspicious activity.
Lt. Jason Maniscalco said investigators determined the root cause of this activity was directly related to multiple illegal marijuana grow operations in Juniper Acres, which is located about 10 miles east of the Alfalfa store in Crook County.
The investigation culminated with investigators serving five search warrants in the Juniper Acres area on October 8th.
Maniscalco said the search warrants led to the seizure of more than 1,000 marijuana plants (some as tall as 15 feet), over 200 pounds of processed marijuana, 1 Butane Honey Oil (BHO) Lab, nine firearms, Psilocybin (mushrooms) and nearly $12,000.00 in cash.
All five sites had sophisticated illegal marijuana grow operations and there was evidence to support the illegal marijuana was destined for out of state delivery, Maniscalco said.
Arrested were 39-year-old Shawn Burke of Prineville, 29-year-old James Lamkin of Prineville and 39-year-old Lee Kennedy of Bend.
All were charged with a handful of crimes including manufacture, possession and delivery of a controlled substance.
The Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team was assisted by Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, Central Oregon Emergency Response Team, Crook County Sheriff’s Office and Crook County Road Department.
The Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement team consists of a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detective, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana analyst and a Bend Police Department Detective assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team. The team focuses on illegal marijuana operations that directly affect residents in Deschutes County.
This case is ongoing and additional investigation may lead to additional arrests.