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High Desert Drug Task Force takes down illegal marijuana processing site

NYSSA – The High Desert Drug Task Force seized 56 illegal marijuana plants, 470 pounds of dried processed marijuana, numerous handguns and an AR-15 rifle during a drug raid Monday, September 18, in the 3200 block of Highway 201.

Police referred charges to the Malheur County District Attorney’s office on three people at the site. No one was arrested at the unlicensed illegal marijuana growing and processing site about one mile north of Nyssa. The plants and the processed marijuana were destroyed at the site.

The names of the individuals arrested have not been released.

“I think this was a pretty good seizure,” said Ontario Police Chief Mike Iwai.

Iwai said the raid, prompted by a search warrant, demonstrates that the drug task force is fully operational and actively seeking to disrupt illegal narcotics in Malheur County.

“It is not a huge fentanyl seizure but it puts people on notice that we are going to be busy and we will deploy the necessary resources,” said Iwai.

Along with the drug task force, the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, the Ontario Police Department and the Oregon State Police, were involved in the raid.

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