OR: Illegal marijuana processing facility burns down near Eagle Point

Authorities discovered the illegal BHO lab in a building next to the burning garage.

A fire broke out at an unlicensed marijuana processing facility and illegal butane honey oil (BHO) laboratory on Saturday night.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and Fire District Three (JCFD3) firefighters responded to multiple calls about a structure fire at a marijuana grow at around 7:40 pm Saturday.

JCSO and JCFD3 found a detached garage on fire near other structures when they arrived at the 6400 block of Butte Falls Highway near Eagle Point.

“The garage housed an illegal marijuana processing building and was fully engulfed in flames,” said the Jackson County Sheriff’s office in a press release. “Authorities discovered the illegal BHO lab in a building next to the burning garage.”

Jackson County’s Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) investigated the scene and seized 300 pounds of processed marijuana, and 100 mason jars full of butane honey oil.

The property had no license to grow or process marijuana.

George Michael Chipman Jr., was cited and released for manufacturing and possession of a controlled substance.

IMET is a multi-agency task force funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.

The task force includes personnel from JCSO, Medford Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigations are ongoing by IMET detectives and JCFD3 fire investigators.

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