Tuesday, November 13, 2012
GRAND RONDE -- Authorities seized 60 marijuana plants and more than 20 pounds of processed weed at a residence in Grand Ronde earlier this month in a case that began with a domestic disturbance call.
Sean Whitehead, 23, was arrested on Nov. 2 for unlawful manufacture, delivery and possession of marijuana, with those charges rising to the level of commercial drug offenses.
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office stopped at Whitehead's home at 29730 Joe Day Way as part of a sex offender sweep after learning that Whitehead was out of compliance -- he had physically abused his live-in girlfriend, according to a probable cause statement.
The deputy located Whitehall, noticed a large quantity of marijuana lying in plain view, then contacted the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Members of the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) searched the home and found 36 full-grown marijuana plants, 24 starter plants, 81 mason jars with dried marijuana buds and several bags of marijuana shake. Grow equipment was also seized.
Whitehead is a registered grower under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. He told deputies that he sells marijuana to other patients when they run out or are in need -- "for $50 per ounce as a `donation,'" according to a probable cause statement.
The alleged victim is also an OMMP patient and caregiver.
Polk County Sgt. Mark Garton said Whitehead was far out of compliance with the allowable amount per patient under OMMP rules.
The total weight of the processed marijuana was 20.4 pounds, including 3/4 pound of kief. The street value of this seizure was more than $64,000, Garton said.
Prior to Whitehead, POINT had made four arrests involving OMMP growers or patients being out of compliance in the last few weeks.
Whitehead is currently lodged in Polk County Jail on a $107,500 security. His pretrial conference is set for Nov. 27. He also faces charges of assault IV and strangulation.