3000 plants were found in the Willamette national Forest near Westfir making it one of the biggest marijuana busts it over 15 years estimating to be worth over $30 million.
16 people were arrested and lodged in Lane County Jail on federal drug charges.
"We determined that there were several thousand plants in three separate areas and today we went in and removed all of the marijuana from all three ends," said Sergeant Steve French Lane County Sheriff's office spokesman.Which is a federal crime, not a misdemeanor which really doesn't mean anything anymore.
..."Multiple suspects have multiple deportations from the United States back to Mexico,” French said."
The sheriff office is trying to figure out if these people have ties to the Mexican drug cartels.
in unrelated news,
The Washington Times -- Obama Adds to the List of the Illegal Immigrants Not to Deport: Parents
You can come up with your own conclusions.