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Sheriff: $9M pot operation run by Mexican drug traffickers found in Yamhill Co.

Posted: Updated: Jun 29, 2016 02:08 PM
Photo: Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team Photo: Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team
Manuel Madrigal, jail booking photo Manuel Madrigal, jail booking photo
DAYTON, OR (KPTV) -

A massive marijuana growing operation with 6,500 plants worth $9 million was discovered in rural Yamhill County and is part of a Mexican drug trafficking organization, according to investigators.

The Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team and Oregon State Police SWAT conducted an operation early Tuesday morning in wetlands near the Willamette River in the Dayton area.

The raid was the culmination of a two-month investigation.

Deputies said the substantial marijuana growing site included an elaborate living area, complete with a kitchen hidden under a tarp.

Manuel Madrigal, 42, was found in the living area and taken into custody. Investigators said he is from San Antonio, Texas and has a history of drug arrests.

Madrigal was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in Portland as the investigation continues.

This is the first large-scale marijuana growing operation connected to a drug trafficking organization found in Yamhill County in several years, according to the sheriff's office.

Historically, grows like this have been located on public lands in the mountains of western Yamhill County and were difficult to reach to due steep and dangerous terrain.

"This shows a shift in tactics by the drug trafficking organizations," according to a Yamhill County Sheriff's Office statement.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team at 503-472-6565.

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