Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office

On August 30, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) executed four search warrants between the 5300 block and the 5700 block of Rockydale Road in Josephine County regarding illegal marijuana grow sites. The search warrants were executed with the assistance of Josephine County Code Enforcement, Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE), Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section Team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

During the execution of the warrants approximately 2,700 growing marijuana plants were seized and destroyed.  In addition to the growing marijuana plants, approximately 90,000 pounds of processed marijuana was located in multiple outbuildings. Two firearms and $3,500 were also seized. 

The properties also had multiple electrical, water and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the civil forfeiture of the property. 

Four individuals were detained for officer safety and later released. Ayala Cristobel was taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.