Feds: 'Vast' Oregon pot trafficking schemes net six arrests

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams has been cracking down on interstate pot sales, which are illegal under both state and federal law.

Posted: Aug. 29, 2018 3:24 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors in Oregon have charged six people with running two 'vast' interstate trafficking operations that they say delivered marijuana grown in Oregon to Texas, Virginia and Florida.

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said Wednesday that proceeds from the black market sales returned to Oregon as cash stuffed in airplane luggage or through the U.S. mail.

He says the marijuana was grown illegally in both Portland, Oregon and Hood River, Oregon.

Williams has been cracking down on interstate pot sales, which are illegal under both state and federal law.

Oregon law allows the manufacture and sale of marijuana within the state boundaries for state-permitted growers and retailers.

Williams says thousands of pounds of marijuana are leaving the state and has called upon state regulators to improve monitoring for potential diversion.

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