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Published on Wednesday March 9, 2011 - 11:35 AM
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An investigation by the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team Monday led to a search warrant being served in Cave Junction and the arrest of two people on multiple marijuana-related charges. Over 250 pounds of processed marijuana worth more than a half million dollars and other evidence was seized.

On March 7, 2011 at approximately 1:30 p.m. an ongoing investigation led RADE detectives to arrest RAYMON SYLVESTER, age 43, from Cave Junction, when he was found in possession of 3 pounds of marijuana during a contact on Highway 199 near Dowell Road in Grants Pass. In follow-up to the arrest, a search warrant was authorized for SYLVESTER's property located at 6455 Rockydale Road in Cave Junction.

RADE team members assisted by Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Criminal Division and evidence technician, an Oregon State Police (OSP) Drug Enforcement Section detective, and an OSP trooper, served the search warrant and subsequently seized multiple items of evidentiary value including:

* Over 250 pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated value of more than $500,000 * Twenty (20) mature marijuana plants (18 - 24" tall) * Seventy-two (72) immature marijuana plants (under one foot tall) * Nine (9) firearms including 4 handguns and 5 rifles, one of which is an assault-style rifle * Cash and money counter machine * Packaging materials and other evidence

While detectives and assisting officers were at the scene waiting to execute the search warrant, the suspect's girlfriend, CHRISTILEF RENSFIELD, age 48, was contacted by officers and arrested.

SYLVESTER was lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. RENSFIELD was lodged for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana; Interfering with a Police Officer; and, Resisting Arrest.

The interagency narcotics RADE team is comprised of personnel from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and the Josephine County Community Corrections.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity or marijuana growing operations is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970.

Photograph Sources: Marijuana Photos - RADE Suspect Photos - Josephine County Sheriff's Office