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News Release
Illegal Marijuana Grow Investigation Albany Police Case # 21-4475 - 09/01/21

On August 26, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement (LINE) team executed two search warrants at neighboring properties at 39030 and 39038 Griggs Drive Lebanon, Oregon.  These search warrants were the culmination of a month-long investigation into two large scale illegal outdoor marijuana grows.  LINE became aware of these grows thanks to alert and concerned citizens.

During the execution of search warrants, LINE Investigators were assisted by members of the Albany Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police Department, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

In total LINE seized approximately 1400 pounds of processed marijuana, 9116 marijuana plants, 12 firearms, $6,001 dollars in US currency, and made 14 arrests to date.  The illegal marijuana grow consisted of 61 large green house structures which were destroyed on site.

The following individuals were arrested during this investigation:

 Franklin Lester Roles – DOB 07/01/1966

  • Unlawful Manufacture Marijuana
  • Felon in Possession of Firearm (12 counts)
  • Criminal Conspiracy

Lisa Dee Medina-Brown – DOB 05/11/1961

  • Unlawful Manufacture Marijuana
  • Criminal Conspiracy 

Leonel Sanchez Sarmiento – DOB 04/14/1996

Angel Zuniga Jose – DOB 01/25/1984

Luis Miguel Trujillo Jose – DOB 09/07/1996

Sostenez Cruz Clara – DOB 02/16/1991

Alberto Sarmiento Garcia – DOB 09/04/1992

Angel Jose Jose – DOB 12/28/1993

Cornelio Duarte Duarte – DOB 07/02/1997

Jose Valdovinos Godinez – DOB 11/11/1997

Marco Valdovinos Godinez – DOB 01/27/1985

Luis Silva-Solorio – DOB 04/21/1995

Simon Eduardo Vargas Pena – DOB 04/30/1992

Javier Orozco Arroyo – DOB 07/06/1986

  • Unlawful Manufacture Marijuana
  • Unlawful Delivery Marijuana
  • Unlawful Possession Marijuana
  • Criminal Conspiracy

This is an ongoing investigation, and no further information is available at this time.


The Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement team (LINE) is comprised of drug detectives from the Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Oregon National Guard Counterdrug, and Lebanon Police.   

As public service information: spring and summer are the optimal outdoor marijuana growing seasons in Oregon.  It is common for rural property owners to be approached by individuals who are looking to lease or rent parts or parcels of property for what is typically presented as legal hemp grows.  Cash is offered sometimes up front and sometimes at harvest for the lease or rent of the land.  If you are approached with a situation that seems too good to be true, it most likely is.  A phone call to OLCC, or your local law enforcement agency can help to answer your questions.

Illegal marijuana grows are not only a burden on our community, but they also present environmental risks.  These grows require chemicals, and water is usually diverted from nearby creeks, rivers, or other natural resources.  If you are aware of a suspected illegal marijuana grow, please call your local law enforcement agency.

For more information, call Lieutenant Juston Alexander at the Albany Police Department, 541-220-5053.

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