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Police said they found 2,500 pounds of processed marijuana hidden under a house and in outbuildings during a raid south of Grants Pass. Photo courtesy of Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

Search reveals sawed-off shotgun and other weapons

Police said they discovered about 2,500 pounds of illegally processed marijuana hidden under a house and in outbuildings during a bust south of Grants Pass.

The processed marijuana was packed in plastic bins and piled into a space under insulation and pipes, according to photos from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.

The June 22 raid revealed approximately 700 marijuana plants growing in greenhouses on the property in the 4000 block of Cloverlawn Drive. The marijuana was seized and destroyed, the sheriff’s office said.

The Josephine County Marijuana Enforcement Team executed a search warrant with the assistance of the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team, the sheriff’s office said.

During the search, police also seized about 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine and several firearms, including a modified short-barreled shotgun, the sheriff’s office said.

Shortened shotguns, sometimes called sawed-off shotguns, are easier to conceal and use in tight spaces, such as close combat inside buildings. A shorter barrel can also cause shotgun pellets to scatter over a wider area, increasing the chances of the shooter hitting a person, firearms experts say.

Tung Ming Chen, 41, was arrested and taken to Josephine County Jail for unlawful possession of a short-barrel shotgun, unlawful manufacture of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful delivery of marijuana, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said.

He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond, according to court records.

Court records show Chen was convicted of reckless driving in 2019.

In 2020, he was arrested on charges of attempted murder, animal abuse and drug trafficking after someone allegedly shot a dog running through a Cloverlawn Drive marijuana crop. These charges were later dismissed.

In 2021, Chen was found guilty of fleeing or trying to evade police.

Contact Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.