Tuesday, October 23, 2012
POLK COUNTY -- Polk County drug investigators arrested three people in unrelated cases involving delivery or manufacture of marijuana in less than a week.
The first incident occurred on Oct. 11, in the 22000 block of Highway 18 in Willamina. Polk County Sheriff's Office had assisted the Department of Human Services on a child welfare check at the residence of Ronnie Viles, 50.
While there, deputies found 18 marijuana plants that ranged from 1 to 3 feet tall and 3.5 ounces of dried marijuana. Viles was charged with possession and manufacturing of marijuana.
Members of the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) arrested 40-year-old Melissa Tetrault on Oct. 12 in the 1200 block of South Fourth Street in Independence for possession and delivery of marijuana.
Polk Sgt. Mark Garton said Tetrault is a registered card holder through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program; she was charged because she sold to POINT members during a drug operation. Officials seized six plants and 4 ounces of pot.
On Oct. 16, officers went to the home of Eric Spier, 27, on Maple Court in Independence because of a probation violation.
After the arrest, a search warrant was served at the property, where POINT found six mature marijuana plants that were nearly ready for harvest and could have produced 2 to 3 pounds of pot each, Garton said.
"We also found 2 pounds of dried marijuana," Garton said. He added that Spier explained the drugs were for medicinal use, but he didn't have an OMMP card.
Spier was charged with possession and manufacturing.