Pot grow worth $9 million found in Willamette River wetlands
Police arrested Manuel Madrigal, 42, while raiding the marijuana grow.
SWAT teams helped narcotics detectives Tuesday take down a marijuana grow operation in rural Yamhill County.
The 6,500 pot plants, with an estimated value of $9 million, were part of a Mexican drug trafficking organization, the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team said.
Law enforcement found 42-year-old Manuel Madrigal while raiding the marijuana garden. They say he had set up an elaborate living area hidden under a tarp, complete with a kitchen.
Madrigal was arrested on federal drug trafficking and was transferred to Portland in U.S. Marshal custody.
Even though marijuana is legal in smaller quantities, YCINT officials said this serves as a reminder that there are still criminal acts going on in the state.
"There is still a profit to be made in marijuana by these illegal organizations. As long as this continues we will need to remain diligent in our investigations to keep this money from being routed to other areas of criminal activity," said Sheriff Svenson, the YCINT’s board chair.
This is the first large-scale drug trafficking organization bust for YCINT in several years, and officials said the large grows have historically been in the mountains of western Yamhill County.
If anyone has any helpful information on this case, call (503) 472-6565.
February 10, 2018 at 02:41PM