ROSEBURG, Ore. - Police discovered two illegal marijuana gardens growing on private timberlands in Douglas County this week.
The two cases serve as a reminder for citizens to be wary of marijuana gardens on private and public timberlands, the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team said.
The best course of action if you stumble upon such an operation is to back away immediately and contact Douglas County Emergency Communications at 541-440-4471 or the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) at 541-440-4474.
On Friday, August 8, officers apprehended John McAfee, 50, of Myrtle Creek cultivating an illicit garden on private property not his own in the area of North Myrtle Road. Officers seized 63 plants and jailed McAfee on charges of Unlawful Manufacture & Possession of Marijuana and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.
On Monday, August 11, two men were cited and released after officers found a small marijuana garden near Drain.
DINT said Kevin Elliott, 53, and Buddy Wilson, 39, both of Drain, were identified as being involved with two small but related gardens, one on private timberland and the other inside a nearby residence.