The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Bend man Thursday for conducting an illegal marijuana manufacturing operation in Bend, according to Lt. William Bailey, DCSO’s public information officer.
Thursday morning, DCSO Marijuana Enforcement Detectives, assisted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, DCSO Street Crimes Detectives and the DCSO SWAT Team, got a search warrant for a house on the 25000 block of Cultus Lane.
The warrant was in relation to a criminal investigation into an illegal marijuana operation. The investigation began after detectives received complaints about the smell in the area.
45-year-old Joshua Mays was arrested at the residence. He was charged with unlawful manufacture of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful delivery of marijuana, unlawful manufacture of extract, unlawful possession of cocaine and felon in possession of a firearm.
DCSO seized 439 illegal marijuana plants, 505 pounds of illegally processed marijuana, one Butane Hash Oil lab, 19 pounds of BHO extract, two handguns and more than $11,000.
“Marijuana Enforcement Detectives take illegal grow operations seriously due to the unregulated amounts of pesticides, fungicides and chemical solvents that can be used to manufacture marijuana products,” Bailey said. “In addition, MED’s have discovered illegal marijuana grows that contained mold, spider mites and toxic/harmful chemicals that are unsafe for human consumption.”
Marijuana enforcement detectives’ positions are funded by taxes that are collected from the recreational marijuana market.
Bailey said the investigation is still ongoing.