Authorities seized more than 1,000 marijuana plants and 200 pounds of processed marijuana from five illegal growing operations near Alfalfa.
A butane honey oil lab, nine firearms, psilocybin mushrooms and nearly $12,000 was also found at the illegal operations Oct. 8 in Juniper Acres, about 10 miles east of the Alfalfa store in Crook County, according to a release from Central Oregon Drug Enforcement.
The Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team spent several months investigating complaints from the Alfalfa community about suspected illegal marijuana growing operations. Concerns ranged from increased traffic to “a steady increase in suspicious activity,” the release said.
Investigators say the cause of the suspicious activity was related to the illegal marijuana growing operations. All five sites had evidence showing the illegal marijuana was planned for out-of-state delivery, the release said.
Three suspects were arrested:
• Shawn Burke, 39, of Prineville, was arrested for the manufacture, possession and delivery of a controlled substance and the manufacture and possession of butane extract.
• James Lamkin, 29, of Prineville, was arrested for the manufacture, possession and delivery of a controlled substance and possession of psilocybin mushrooms.
• Lee Kennedy, 39, of Bend, was arrested for the manufacture, possession and delivery of a controlled substance.
The investigation is ongoing and may lead to additional arrests, the release said.