Four arrested in Molalla hemp heist thought they were stealing recreational marijuana
In the middle of the night on Tuesday, Sept. 29, police responded to multiple calls at South Highway 211 near South Palmer Road outside Molalla. They arrived to find four men walking along the highway with leafy plants protruding from their pockets and from the large bags they were carrying.
The men thought they were stealing recreational marijuana from a nearby grow operation, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. They were not.
The owner of the farm arrived and identified the plants, 60 to 80 pounds worth, as hemp.
Hemp is high in cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-intoxicating substance typically used for medicinal purposes. It is low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive component found in cannabis.
The plants were valued at around $2,500 and returned to the owner. Now, the suspects face charges of theft and criminal trespassing.
The suspects, caught at about 3:22 a.m. covered in mud, were as follows:
Sebastian Wade Roby, 19, of Oregon City, was caught carrying a large blue duffel bag, which he threw down the embankment when the cops arrived on scene. He was also wearing a gray backpack. Both were filled with cannabis plants. Roby also had two warrants out of Florence Municipal Court for theft and criminal trespassing.
Jason Patrick Troyer, 21, of Portland was caught carrying a knife in his pocket.
Tanner Leslie Giles, 20, of Portland was carrying a green military-style seabag full of plants, and he also had an armful of plants.
Donovan Allan Hall, 22, of Portland had cannabis plants sticking out of his jacket pocket, and was wearing a black facemask.
The Sheriff's Office and Molalla Police were both on scene. Police arrested the suspects and booked them into the Clackamas County Jail without incident.
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