‘Epic’ bust: State police in Oregon seize 500,000 pounds of marijuana

PORTLAND, Ore. — Authorities in Oregon said “an epic amount” of illegal, processed marijuana was confiscated on Thursday, with more than 500,000 pounds seized.

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After a two-day operation, the Oregon State Police found the marijuana in five warehouses zoned for commercial use in White City, according to a Facebook post by the organization.

“Depending on where it would be exported to, (the marijuana) has a conservative street value of somewhere around $500 million,” the state police said in the post.

More than 100 people were detained, identified, interviewed and released by troopers, according to KOIN. Investigators said some of these interviewed were migrant workers who lived at the site “in subpar living conditions without running water,” the television station reported.

The drug enforcement team also recovered a firearm during its investigation, KGW reported.

“This is a very involved investigation and will be ongoing for several weeks,” the state police wrote on Facebook.