Traffic stop leads to discovery of marijuana grow operation in Ashland

Ashland — An Oregon State Police traffic stop this morning led to an Ashland-area indoor marijuana grow operation and pending charges in Jackson County Circuit Court.

According to OSP Drug Enforcement Section Sergeant Jim Johnson, on April 29, 2009 at approximately 6 a.m. an OSP trooper, accompanied by a Medford police officer, stopped a Subaru station wagon driven by BRIAN ALLEN WALDRIP, age 27, from Ashland, northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 2 for a traffic violation. A subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the trooper finding approximately one pound of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Additional investigative information led OSP troopers, RADE detectives (Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team), and DEA agents to the man's residence in the 6000 block of Highway 66 near Emigrant Lake east of Ashland. Investigators found 138 marijuana plants, of which 69 were starter plants and 69 others were mature plants up to 4-feet tall. Grow equipment and more than $3,900 in cash was also seized.

WALDRIP was cited to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court for Unlawful Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Marijuana.

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