The regional police drug team arrested six people in two raids Monday and Tuesday, including one at a Hermiston medical marijuana dispensary.
Pendleton police chief Stuart Roberts, who chairs the team’s board of directors, said the busts came after two months of investigations but were not related cases.
The Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team, with the assistance of Hermiston police, executed a search warrant Monday at the Pacific Northwest Medical Cannabis Association, 680 Harper Road, Hermiston. The business was illegally manufacturing and distributing marijuana throughout Eastern Oregon and eastern Washington, Roberts said in a written statement, and the “suspects were responsible for distributing marijuana to people of all ages including teenagers and the elderly.”
He also stated the business’s president, John Sherman Partlow, 63, who lives at the site, operated outside state and federal guidelines including the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
Police arrested Partlow, Lames Pierre Field, 39, of 1215 S.W. 11th St., No. 74, Hermiston, and Dora Joy Anderson, 66, of 212 W. Despain St., Ukiah, for manufacture, possession and delivery of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of psilocybin mushrooms.
Officers also seized more than 15 pounds of marijuana, 257 marijuana plants, a small amount of methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms and approximately $9,000 cash.
The team then served a search warrant Tuesday at 225 N.E. Sixth St., Hermiston. Police arrested Eric Shannon Pennington, 44, and Valeria Jill Abell, 48, who live at the site, and Rosanne Munoz, 41, of 190 Greenwood Drive No. C, Kalispell, Mont.
Pennington faces initial charges of delivery and possess of methamphetamine, manufacturing and possession of marijuana, possession of prescription drugs, frequenting a place where drugs are kept/sold. and possession of a restricted weapon.
The team arrested Abell for possession of methamphetamine, frequenting and possession of a restricted weapon. Police hauled in Munoz for methamphetamine possession and frequenting.
The team also found about 5 grams methamphetamine, approximately 120 prescription pills, three marijuana plants and $2,205 in money, according to Roberts.
This story originally appeared in East Oregonian.