LACOMB, Ore. — Nearly 1,900 pot plants were found on private timber land in rural Linn County and a 47-year-old man whose been living in the United States illegally was arrested.
Authorities say Louis Alfonso Arellano-Arellano was camping on property owned by Weyerhaeuser Company tending to the grow. He’s being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Arellano-Arellano is charged with manufacturing and possession, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and littering in or near waterways. Detectives say he damaged land and streams by cutting trees and brush, littering and using chemicals.
Authorities spotted the crop from the air and found three grow sites on the ground.
“We do this frequently in the summer because it’s not uncommon to find these large grows on some sort of timber land,” said Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley.
This particular strain produced much smaller plants that mature faster and can be harvested quicker. The value on the street was nearly $2M before the crop was destroyed.