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More than 130 pot plants seized; man arrested

A man was arrested on Hazelgreen Road as authorities seized more than 130 marijuana plants from a home there.

A man was arrested just east of Keizer after police said they found 136 marijuana plants in his Hazelgreen Road NE home.

Detectives from the Keizer Police’s Community Response Unit along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at a home in the 5500 block of Hazelgreen Road NE at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. MCSO spokesperson Don Thomson said the warrant service was “the culmination of an investigation into marijuana cultivation.”

Deputies reported seizing 136 marijuana plants in varying states of growth, along with growing and packaging equipment. They estimate the street value at $408,000.

Two juveniles not related to the suspect, aged 14 and 16, were referred to the Department of Human Services. Officers arranged a caregiver for an elderly man with a medical condition who lived on site.

“Thousands of children and families in Marion County are impacted by the use of illegal drugs such as marijuana,” said Chris Baldridge, a deputy in MCSO’s Street Crimes Unit. “Our office is very pro-active in detecting and prosecuting people involved in the manufacture and delivery of illicit drugs. I’m glad to see that this marijuana won’t end up on the streets in Marion County.”

Arrested was Stephen Eric Fendley, 40, for manufacturing a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, using a minor to deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $100,000.