Police serving warrant find indoor marijuana operation.
Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard
NOTI - Police serving a search warrant at a Noti home Thursday morning discovered what they described as a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation in an outbuilding outbuilding n. a structure not connected with the primary residence on a parcel of property. This may include a shed, garage, barn, cabana, pool house, or cottage. .
Officers from several agencies arrived at 22622 Williams Way about 7 a.m. On the property, they found 108 marijuana plants worth about $30,000, Eugene police spokeswoman Pam Olshanski said.
Officers also found nearly $21,000 in cash and four guns, she said.
"This was not a new business venture," Olshanski said. "It was very well organized and very successful in the quality of the plants."
The property owner, Timothy Scott Usher, 28, was being held in the Lane County Jail on charges of manufacturing, delivering and possessing a controlled substance controlled substance n. a drug which has been declared by federal or state law to be illegal for sale or use, but may be dispensed under a physician's prescription. . His wife was questioned and released, Olshanski said.
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Involving or representing two or more agencies, especially government agencies. Narcotics narcotics n. 1) techinically, drugs which dull the senses. 2) a popular generic term for drugs which cannot be legally possessed, sold, or transported except for medicinal uses for which a physician or dentist's prescription is required. Enforcement Team, the Metro SWAT team and the Lane County Emergency Services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services' Forest Team, and one officer from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, served the warrant. Also on hand were a medic medic: see alfalfa. unit, the crisis negotiation team, and a light-armored vehicle and helicopter borrowed from the National Guard. A total of about 45 officers were present, Olshanski said.
The plants were found growing inside a structure that had been built within an outbuilding, she said. The arrangement provided insulation and odor control for the pungent plants, she said. A second building was in the process of being outfitted in a similar way, she said.
The investigation began when sheriff's deputies learned that someone was possibly growing pot at the address.