CANYON CITY – Police with federal warrants arrested Long Creek residents David Dean Verstoppen and his wife Wendy Verstoppen Thursday afternoon at the Grant County Courthouse.
Oregon State Police troopers and John Day Police officers made the arrests outside the Circuit Courtroom, just after a status hearing in a state drug case filed against David Verstoppen.
The officers handcuffed the pair and escorted them next door to the Grant County Jail for processing in the federal case.
David Verstoppen was charged earlier this month in the state case stemming from simultaneous, interagency raids on marijuana operations in Grant and Malheur counties on Oct. 10.
In that operation, police searched the Verstoppen property in Long Creek, and seized marijuana plants, processed pot and firearms. Other officers simultaneously raided an outdoor marijuana grow site near Vale that authorities say was linked to the Long Creek family.Read more on bluemountaineagle.com.