In the evening hours of Monday, April 18th, 2022, detectives with the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) executed a search warrant on a rural property in Azalea, Oregon and located an illegal marijuana operation.
Detectives seized 1,702 marijuana plants, and approximately 23.5 pounds of processed marijuana. Detectives also located 4 high end vehicles that were seemingly hidden, or stashed on the property. Closer inspection of the vehicles revealed they all had switched VIN plates. The counterfeit VIN plates were high quality forgeries that were difficult to detect. A check of the real VIN’s showed that all four vehicles were stolen out of the state of Florida.
The stolen vehicles were a BMW X6, a Maserati, a Range Rover, and a Bentley, and all were late model versions. The type of vehicles, the sophistication and quality of the switched VIN’s, and the fact they were all stolen from clear across the country all indicate a level of sophistication that is well above the average criminal activity.
Police say this is another example of the rise in crime authorities have seen here in communities. Law enforcement say these kinds of crime are brought here by the organizations that are here for the purpose of growing illegal marijuana.
Courtesy of DINT