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Big pot bust in McMinnville
by Kimberly West - The Oregon Herald
  Wednesday June 2, 2010 - 12:58 PM
The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office has made a big marijuana bust with the help of McMinnville police.A search warrant for both agencies allowed authorities to find close to 150 marijuana plants, methamphetamine, and bundled marijuana. The residence is near Hill Road on the west side of McMinnville. Police arrested the home renter and an friend into custody on several charges.

Capt. Ken Summers identified the suspects as James Douglas Woods Sr., about 50 and a renter at 483 S.W. Kauer Drive, and 30 year old Adam Benneth Ledgerwood, 2216 N.E. Lafayette Ave. They were arraigned last Thursday in circuit court.

Woods is charged with five felony counts of possession and delivery of a controlled substance, and one count of manufacture of a controlled substance.

Judge Ronald Stone set bail at $100,000.

Ledgerwood is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and felon in possession of a restricted weapon. Bail was set at $25,000.

The Community Response Team’s mission statement reads: “To actively and aggressively combat quality of life issues that affect the citizens of Yamhill County through targeted enforcement and proactive patrols and meeting crime where it takes place.”

Sheriff Crabtree said “This was a classic case of what we’re trying to accomplish This residence was brought to the attention of law enforcement quite some time ago.”

The sheriff went on to say, “This was significant. This was not a haphazard operation.

The bust began with a traffic stop at West Second Street’s intersection with Hill Road. Two ounces of marijuana and an ounce of methamphetamine were found in Woods’ pickup when it was stopped. This led to a search warrant for Woods’ residence.


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