Police seize $500 million in illegal marijuana in a raid in Oregon

The Oregon State Police Southwest Region (OSP) Drug Enforcement Section team served a search warrant Thursday at five industrial-sized warehouses in White City, Oregon, police said.
Under Oregon state law, adults 21 and over may use cannabis within specified limits, but it is illegal to manufacture Marijuana without a license. Oregon legalized recreational marijuana in 2015.
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In last week’s bust, police said that OSP, Drug Enforcement Administration and officers from local law enforcement agencies seized the large cache of Marijuana and a gun over two days.
“This is a very involved investigation and will be ongoing for several weeks,” OSP said in a news release.
OSP said investigators found that several of the individuals at the warehouses — who were initially detained, identified, interviewed and released — were migrant workers living on site. Police called the living conditions “subpar” and noted they lacked running water.
The seizure comes at a time when legalized Marijuana is flourishing.
Sales hit $20 billion in 2020, are on pace to top $26 billion this year, and are projected to leapfrog to $45.9 billion in 2025, according to data from Marijuana Business Daily that were shared at the MJBizCon, the industry’s annual trade show.
The nearly $46 billion in sales would make the cannabis industry larger than the craft beer industry, said Chris Walsh, chief executive officer and president of MJBizDaily.
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