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Deputies bust, disappoint hemp thieves

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

 (Courtesy Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)
(Courtesy Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

MOLALLA – Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department deputies on overnight patrol recently encountered four men walking along Highway 211 who were wearing dark clothing, covered in mud, and loaded down with green leafy plants.

Molalla is located roughly halfway between Salem and Portland.

They were seen carrying duffel bags and wearing backpacks that appeared to be full of plants. Some were observed with leaves coming out of their coat pockets.

One man was seen throwing a bag off to the side of the road when officers approached.

After confronted by deputies and officers from Molalla, the men said they came from a marijuana farm nearby. The owner was contacted and said the farm was actually a legal hemp farm, and his product was used for oil and other CBD materials. It also wouldn’t have the THC effect that the suspects likely hoped, or the high financial value either.

However, the farmer owner told officers that the roughly 80 pounds of hemp they found was valued at $2,500, so the four men were taken to jail and charged with first-degree theft and second-degree criminal trespass.

Interviews with the suspects revealed that they all live in the Portland area. They said a friend told them about a great marijuana farm, and they took a bus from Portland to look into it.

Source: The Olympian

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