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JMET Statistics Show Team Put Large Dent in Illegal Cannabis Growing Industry in 2023

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The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) put a big dent in the illegal cannabis industry in 2023.

According to JMET statistics released this week, the local task force conducted searches on 53 properties in Josephine County last year.

JMET officials said the team seized and destroyed a total of 129,648 illegal pot plants as well as 13,865 pounds of processed cannabis. The local team also seized 49 firearms and nearly $94,000 in cash.

Many of these searches were conducted in partnership with other law enforcement agencies. They were also performed with agencies such as Josephine County Code Enforcement, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon State Health Administration, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC).

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigations, names of suspects, locations, dates and times of the 2023 operations are not being released.

The black-market marijuana industry remains a big issue for the Josephine County community, and the Sheriff's Office is committed to combatting the illegal grows.

Tips on illegal local marijuana activity can be submitted to the JMET Tip Line at (541)-474-5252 or by visiting "josephinecounty.gov/government/sheriff/josephine-marijuana-enforcement-team."
Posted on 2/9/24 6:17AM by Sam Marsh