PUBLIC SAFETY

Federal authorities move to seize Silverton, Independence homes to break up sprawling illegal marijuana operation

Federal authorities say they found this large indoor marijuana operation in September 2021 in a home outside of Independence on Rickreall Road. (U.S. Attorney's Office Portland)

Federal authorities say a Texas man organized a sophisticated illegal trafficking operation that turned homes in Oregon into indoor marijuana plantations in places from Clatskanie to Sweet Home, producing marijuana worth millions on the black market.

The operation also involved properties outside Silverton, Dallas and . . .

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