Oregon state police last week confiscated roughly 500,000 pounds of unlicensed cannabis with an estimated value of $500 million that had been stored in five separate warehouses.

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In a news release, authorities:

  • Called the bust “epic.”
  • Said the raids and seizures in White City took two full days.
  • Detained and interviewed more than 100 people.

The Oregon state police said in the release that “this is a very involved investigation and will be ongoing for several weeks.”

The bust is part of an ongoing crackdown on illegal marijuana cultivation operations in California and Washington state.

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In Washington state, authorities destroyed roughly 13,000 pounds of illicit cannabis earlier this month.

And in Southern California, authorities seized approximately $1 billion worth of illegal marijuana in June.

– John Schroyer