BEND, Ore. - Officers searched the rental home of a man caught with 24 pounds of marijuana in his pickup and found another 100 pounds of pot and an indoor grow, Oregon State Police said.
All told, police seized $312,000 worth of the drug.
The investigation started just before noon Friday when a state trooper stopped a 2011 GMC pickup with Oregon plates for a possible traffic violation on Highway 97 northbound in Klamath County.
During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered 24 pounds of marijuana inside large duffel bags in the pickup driven by Daniel Jude Uelman, 35, of Bend, state police said.
State police got warrants to search Uelman's rented home in Sunriver. Officers found a large indoor marijuana growing operation in the rented home, which had been extensively converted to grow marijuana, police said. In addition to the 100 pounds of processed pot, officers also found 561 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.
Police arrested Uelman and booked him into the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana. Uelman was also cited to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court on the same charges.