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Yamhill Drug Cops Take Out Another Opium Poppy Grow Site (PHOTOS)Salem-News.com
No suspects have been identified in the case but it remains under investigation.
(McMINNVILLE, Ore.) - A crop normally grown in places like Afghanistan and China, the fabled opium poppy, has been making a showing lately in Oregon Willamette Valley farm country.
The Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team raided an illegal poppy plant grow site in rural Yamhill County, On July 17th, 2009.
Sgt. Dwayne Willis with the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team, says the plants were reportedly discovered on private timber lands northwest of Grand Ronde. Willis says the plants were growing in multiple plots in a clear cut area and ranged in size from a few inches to 4 feet in height.
"A total of 24,045 plants were seized by detectives. The estimated street value of the opium contained in the plants was approximately $90,000."
He says this is the second opium poppy plant seizure the drug team has made this month.
The previous grow site was eradicated on July 2nd where a total of 12,056 plants were seized. Investigators believe the two are connected.
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