Creswell fire leads authorities to alleged drug trafficking operation

The local street market value of the marijuana that was seized is estimated to be more than $2 million.

Posted: Oct 20, 2021 2:39 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2021 10:47 AM

CRESWELL, Ore. – After a fire at a barn in Creswell this week, authorities confirm they are investigating an alleged drug trafficking operation at the location.

The fire happened Tuesday at Highway 99 and Davisson Road, bringing crews from Goshen, Dexter, Lorane and North Douglas County. It was brought under control.

Authorities secured a search warrant after discovering evidence of a large marijuana operation at the barn. They are looking for anyone who may have been involved. 

More than 2,000 marijuana plants were seized in addition to more than 200 pounds of processed, ready-to-sell marijuana. The local street market value is estimated to be more than $2 million. If sold outside Oregon, this value could be easily tripled, authorities said.

What charges will be leveled at the owner of the barn and others involved has not yet been decided.

The fire is also still under investigation. Law enforcement believe the fire started in the barn. It was not occupied when firefighters arrived. It caused up to $10,000 in damage.

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