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OSP Troopers Investigating Deer Poaching Find Marijuana Grow in House in Grant CountySalem-News.com
Troopers seized the marijuana and other evidence from the home
(JOHN DAY, Ore.) - Oregon State Police troopers from the John Day office are continuing the investigation into a Grant County indoor marijuana grow discovered Tuesday during a deer poaching investigation. Charges related to the marijuana grow are pending in the case in which some of the marijuana plants were found drying above a crib in a room of the house where a pregnant woman resided with the suspect.
On October 12, 2010, OSP Trooper Tom Hutchison was investigating a report of an illegally killed deer and went to a residence on Highway 395 in Long Creek, Oregon. Upon arrival, the trooper noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from inside the home and knocked on the front door. The door was answered by a 25-year old pregnant woman who lives at the residence with her boyfriend.
Subsequent investigation confirmed the initial complaint regarding the poached deer. The residence was secured and a search warrant was obtained to search the home.
With the assistance of two members of the Baker County Drug Task Force, OSP troopers located and seized multiple packages of deer meat. Seventeen mature marijuana plants and numerous harvested, drying plants were also found, some of which were hanging over a crib in a bedroom.
As part of the ongoing investigation, Lucas Forrest, age 25, was later cited to appear in Grant County Justice Court for Unlawfully Taking Doe Deer during Closed Season and No Hunting License.
Troopers seized the marijuana and other evidence from the home. The investigation will be forwarded to the Grant County District Attorney's Office for further prosecution consideration. The woman's name is withheld pending a decision on future charges.
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