JMET Illegal Marijuana Operations Up 33% in 2022

From January 1st – December 31st, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) has executed search warrants on 69 illegal marijuana cultivation operations within Josephine County, an increase of 33% from the previous year.

Many of these operations have been conducted in partnership with other law enforcement agencies. Those agencies include Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE), Grants Pass Police, Josephine County Parole and Probation, Oregon State Police, Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET), Douglas County Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT), Department of Homeland Security (HSI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Josephine County Public Health and Building Safety, Josephine County Water Master, Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

In 2022 JMET seized:

Total Plants: 296,860 destroyed

Processed Marijuana: 288,000+ pounds destroyed

Firearms: 105

Cash: $709,702

Equipment: multiple water pumps, generators, and heavy machinery

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office remarks they are committed to protecting with courage and serving with compassion as they work to rid the community of illegal marijuana operations. They encourage citizens of Josephine County to utilize the JMET tip line (541-474-5252) to report any suspected illicit marijuana activity within our county to assist and contribute to the continued success of the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team.

The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team is funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to assist law enforcement agencies in addressing the illegal marijuana market.

Source: JMET