A La Pine man was arrested Monday on multiple drugs and weapons charges after a six-month investigation into an illegal pot grow operation on his property, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Jayson Janes said Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement detectives started an investigation into 27-year-old Dylan Stronks in April after receiving complaints from neighbors about the possible manufacturing of pot.
During the investigation, detectives were able to gain the information necessary for a search warrant of the property to look for evidence, Janes said.
Inside a detached shop, detectives located an active marijuana growing operation.
Detectives seized 506 growing marijuana plants and about 55 pounds of dried marijuana.
They also found a Butane Hash Oil (BHO) lab, which was a large open blasting system. BHO extraction is a highly volatile and dangerous process that has resulted in explosions that have injured and killed people in Oregon, Janes said.
Detectives seized about 40 pounds of BHO product, and about two ounces of cocaine. Detectives also found evidence the BHO product was being placed into vape pen cartridges.
During the search of the residence detectives located and seized 14 firearms including an AR pistol which was stored in the couch, and a short barrel sawed-off shotgun stored in the master bedroom as well as a handgun on the master bedroom’s nightstand.
They also located $7,920 in cash.
Stronks was cited for multiple charges including unlawful manufacturing, possession and delivery of marijuana, unlawful manufacture, possession and delivery of marijuana extract and unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun.
The Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Detectives (DCIMED’s) would like to thank the legal marijuana businesses within Deschutes County for their collaborative efforts in combating illegal marijuana operations.
The knowledge the DCIMED’s received from focus groups confirms that illegal marijuana within Deschutes County is a major concern for the legal marijuana market, residents, and businesses in our community.
DCIMED’s take illegal grow operations seriously due to the unregulated amounts of pesticides, fungicides and chemical solvents that can be used to manufacture marijuana products.
In addition, DCIMED’s have discovered illegal marijuana grows that contained mold, spider mites and toxic/harmful chemicals that are unsafe for human consumption, Janes said.
The DCIMED’s receive funding to support their positions from taxes that are collected from the recreational marijuana market. Marijuana tax can be used for schools, drug treatment centers, public health, and law enforcement.
The Deschutes County Board of Commissions approved the funding for the Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Detective positions.