Malnourished animals, stolen vehicles found outside Oregon City
Authorities recovered more than they were bargaining for during a search of an illegal marijuana operation just south of Oregon City on Sept. 13.
Oregon State Police said their search of 22 greenhouses found not only a large amount of marijuana, but also more than a dozen animals and multiple stolen vehicles.
While executing a search warrant on South Criteser Road, OSP said they found nine horses and four cattle who were malnourished, and in need of veterinary care. The Oregon Humane Society and Sound Equine Options helped with documentation and took possession of the animals.
Additionally, OSP said they seized 2,987 marijuana plants, about 3,000 pounds of bulk marijuana and four firearms.
Officials say they recovered several vehicles, many of which were reported stolen, including two tractors, a backhoe, a travel trailer, a heavy-haul trailer, a pickup truck and an SUV. A Lamborghini sports car was also seized, which authorities believe was a proceed of the drug operation.
Investigators reportedly talked with eight people living on the 75-acre property. OSP said felony marijuana and animal neglect charges are possible.
The case was handed off to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for potential prosecution.
Multiple local and state law-enforcement agencies were involved in the search, including the Gresham Police Department and Clackamas County Code Enforcement.
KOIN 6 News, a news partner of Pamplin Media Group, contributed to this report.
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