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Search Warrants for Illegal Marijuana Cultivation (Photo) - 01/19/22

INCIDENT DATE: January 1st – December 31st, 2021

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team 

DETAILS: 

From January 1st – December 31st, 2021, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has executed search warrants on 52 alleged illegal marijuana cultivation operations within Josephine County.  Many of these operations have been conducted in partnership with other law enforcement agencies.  Those agencies include the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET), Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team (OSP, GPDPS, Parole and Probation), Oregon State Police, Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET, Jackson County SO, Medford PD), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Josephine County Code Enforcement, Oregon State Health Administration, the Josephine County Water Master, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

In 2021 the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office seized:

Total Plants: 680,176   

Firearms: 157

Cash: $1,282,710.02

Equipment: Multiple water pumps, generators, and heavy machinery         

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigations, names of suspects, locations, dates, and times of the operations are not being released.  As our citizens have seen this year, cultivation sites in the marijuana industry are more robust and have grown.  Your Sheriff’s Office is committed to combatting the illegal grows within Josephine County.  

Attached Media Files: Outdoor Grow , Indoor Grow
Search Warrant for Illegal Marijuana - 01/18/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: January 18, 2022 at 7:00 AM 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)                                 

ARRESTED: Jian Li Mei, 64 year-old male           

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana 

                    2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

ARRESTED: Wei Kang Zhu, 55 year-old male

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana 

                    2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

DETAILS:

On January 18, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) in partnership with Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Team, Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team, consisting of Grants Pass Police Department and Josephine County Parole and Probation, conducted a search warrant in the 400 block of Crystal Springs Road.

During the execution of the warrant an illegal indoor marijuana cultivation operation was located.  Approximately 400 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. 

The above listed individuals were arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

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

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Online Sexual Corruption of a Child (Photo) - 01/07/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: January 6th, 2022 at 4:00 PM 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Detective Sergeant Henrich 

CASE NUMBER: 22000016

ARRESTED: 35 year-old, Christopher M. Meyer

CHARGES: Luring a Minor, Sexual Corruption of a Child, Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana Item to a Minor, Tampering With evidence

DETAILS:

On January 6, 2022, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, United States Marshals Service, and Homeland Security, conducted a search warrant in the 9000 block of Takilma Road regarding online luring of a minor and an illegal marijuana operation.

Meyer intended to meet a minor child for the purposes of a sexual relationship and to deliver marijuana to different minor.  Based on information obtained during the investigation Meyer was taken into custody and a search warrant was executed at his residence. 

Christopher Meyer was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the above listed charges.

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

Attached Media Files: Photo
Shooting - 01/05/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: January 3rd, 2022 @ 2:00 PM 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Detective Sergeant Henrich 

ARRESTED: Greenlee, Daisy 32-year-old female

CHARGES: 1- Assault I 

                    2- Unlawful Use of a Weapon

                    3- Felon in Possession of a Weapon

DETAILS: 

On Jan. 3rd, at approximately 2:00 PM, Three Rivers Medical Center (TRMC) contacted the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office regarding a gunshot wound victim, who had arrived without notifying Law Enforcement (LE). The victim arrived at TRMC, with a gunshot wound to the left shoulder. Medical personnel were able to remove the bullet, which was lodged in the rear of the victims shoulder.   

Deputies and Detectives arrived to investigate and determined the shooting incident had occurred in the 5000 block of Westside Road, located in the Illinois Valley. Upon further investigation, it was determined the incident occurred inside of a vehicle prior to leaving a residence. Suspect information was obtained.

On Jan. 4th, Detectives conducted surveillance on a property located on Finch Road, in Kerby. The suspect, 32-year-old Daisy Greenlee, was observed walking in and out of the residence. At approximately 3:30 PM, Greenlee was contacted at the residence and taken into custody.

Greenlee is currently lodged in the Josephine County Jail. 

No further details will be released at this time.   

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash 12/30/21 - 12/31/21

INCIDENT NUMBER: 21002883  

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: 12/30/2021 7:01 PM       

REPORTING DEPUTY: Corporal Schreiber 

DECEASED: Lampert, Matthew Albert, 42 years old

 

DETAILS:      

On December 30th, 2021, at about 7:01 PM, Deputies with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office along with Troopers from the Oregon State Police, Officers from the Grants Pass Police Department, AMR and Grants Pass Fire Department personnel responded to the intersection of Tenth and Hillcrest in Grants Pass for a report of a single vehicle crash.

Once on scene, first responders located a vehicle crashed into the embankment on the north side of the intersection. The vehicle appeared to be traveling northbound on Tenth prior to the crash. The single male occupant was unresponsive and not breathing. Once responders were able to make entry into the vehicle, they were able to confirm the driver was deceased.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and speed appeared to be a factor. 

Next of kin has been notified.  

Homicide - 12/28/21

INCIDENT DATE: October 8th, 2021

REPORTING DEPUTY: Detective Sergeant Henrich 

DETAILS: 

On Oct. 8th, 2021, Deputies and Detectives with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased male that had been shot and buried in the O’Brien area. The reporting party did not know the area well but was able to lead law enforcement (LE) to a location off Samarkand Drive in O’Brien, Oregon.  

Upon arrival, LE recognized the property to be an illegal marijuana grow site, where a previous marijuana search warrant had been served. The reporting party knew some details regarding the incident and was able to walk LE to a wooded area, approximately one quarter mile from the grow site to a shallow grave. LE dug up the shallow grave and confirmed a deceased individual was buried at the location. The deceased was a Hispanic male, who was known to work on the grow site.  Next of kin have been notified, however, the name of the deceased will not be released in order to protect the investigation. 

The Josephine County Major Crimes Team was activated for this incident which consists of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Grants Pass Police, Oregon State Police and the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.  

The investigation is still ongoing and further information is not available.  Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is asked to call the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office at 541-474-5123.