Deputies bust $1M organized crime pot grow

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Deputies bust $1M organized crime pot grow

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by KGW.com staff

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Posted on September 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 4:13 PM

ALOHA, Ore.  -- Washington County deputies raided 14 homes that they said were part of a $1-million-a-year marijuana grow operation.

Investigators said the massive operation was part of an organized crime ring involving 12 homes in Washington County and two in Portland. No arrests had been made, but deputies said 32 people were under investigation.

Officers pulled the marijuana and grow equipment out of one home in Aloha Thursday morning, and they believe it, along with the 13 other sites in the area, were used for the past several years just to grow pot.

Investigators believe the operation has been operating for the past four or five years, clearing as much as $100,000 a month in profit.

Deputies said someone associated with the Aloha house had an Oregon medical marijuana card, in an effort to stay off deputies’ radar, but they said the suspects were producing way more than allowed under the Oregon law.

“In this bag here is anywhere from 10 to $12,000 in marijuana that would be ready for packaging and shipment,” Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department showed KGW Thursday. “And they’re very organized so that they can maximize their profits, which is what it’s all about.”

Investigators didn’t reveal how they found out about the operation, but they said tips from the public often point them in the right directions.

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KGW reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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