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Salem Police Seize 33 Pounds Of Marijuana

33 lbs of marijuana
PHOTO: Salem Police Department Larger Photo

(SALEM, Oregon) - The Salem Police Street Crimes Unit seized 33 pounds of Marijuana, $3,000 in cash, a vehicle and arrested three suspects as they were in the process of delivering the Marijuana to the Salem area.

This was a short-term investigation where investigators received information of a large shipment of Marijuana that was bound for the Salem area for further distribution.

Detectives located the suspects as they arrived at the Holiday Lodge Motel at 1400 Hawthorne Ave NE and utilized two light/sound diversionary devices in order to take two of the suspects into custody.

The Marijuana was located in their vehicle packaged in one-pound packages and ready for distribution. Arrested at the scene were 28-year old Joe Sells of Medford and 29-year old Johnny Kenneth of Central Point.

As the investigation proceeded, investigators learned that 25-year old Christiana Kenneth, the wife of Johnny Kenneth, was also involved in the case and was somewhere in the Eugene area. The Eugene Police Department assisted in locating Christiana Kenneth and she was taken into custody as well.

Joe Sells and Johnny Kenneth were charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a School, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a School.

Christiana Kenneth was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

All three suspects are registered in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and were well outside of program restrictions.

The wholesale value of the Marijuana seized is in excess of $80,000 and considerably more when sold in smaller quantities. The vehicle seized was a 2006 Honda Ridgeline SUV due to the fact that it was purchased with illegal narcotics proceeds.

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