Malnourished Horses, Cattle Rescued from Illegal Marijuana Grow near Oregon City

The Oregon State Police and other state officials rescued more than a dozen malnourished and neglected animals, found nearly 3,000 marijuana plants and recovered stolen property after serving a search warrant at a property on South Criteser Road, south of Oregon City, on Tuesday.

The Northwest Region Marijuana Team began an investigation after finding 22 greenhouses that are not registered to legally grow hemp or marijuana. According to OSP, investigators found nine horses and four cattle that were malnourished and in need of veterinary care.

The Oregon Humane Society and other animal rescue organizations helped document the animal evidence and also took possession of the horses and cattle.

Authorities found 2,987 marijuana plants, approximately 3,000 pounds of bulk marijuana, and four firearms. The team also recovered stolen property including two tractors, a track hoe, a travel trailer, a heavy-haul trailer, a pickup truck and an SUV.

Investigators also recovered a Lamborghini sports car that is a suspected proceed from the illegal marijuana-growing operation.

Police say nvestigators contacted eight individuals living in multiple locations throughout the approximately 75-acre property.

The case and potential felony marijuana and animal neglect charges will be referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office.

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