Oregon man, 35, arrested on $500m worth of drugs charges

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Police seized packages of drugs and cash at a distribution centre in rural Oregon

Police in Oregon have arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of manufacturing and delivering large amounts of marijuana.

They also found $500m (£370m) worth of illegal drugs.

The suspect, identified as Ernesto Estevez, was arrested on drug trafficking and drug charges after a search warrant was executed at his home in Marysville, in the south-west of the state.

Police allege more than 10 kilos of methamphetamine, nearly four kilos of marijuana and more than $1m in cash were found.

Police also found two stolen vehicles, a loaded assault rifle and an elaborate machine-gun storage system in the garden shed, reports say.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nevada border drug cartel drugs were sold at gas stations in Orem

Sgt. Reed Richards of the Marysville Police Department said the drugs were shipped from around the country to buyers at retail points around Oregon, Colorado and Washington.

The seized marijuana was analysed and found to have an estimated value of more than $250m.

Sgt Richards added that police could not rule out the possibility that more than 20kg of methamphetamine might have been hidden in an outbuilding.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oregon state police lieutenant Colleen Cannon said Estevez had connections throughout the US

Oregon state police lieutenant Colleen Cannon said that Estevez had connections throughout the US through his job as a licensed marijuana grower.

“He had relationships with other grower groups who distributed this product here in the state of Oregon,” she told reporters.

A website said he was originally from Arizona but had a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Idaho State University and moved to Oregon in 2016.

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