Illegal Marijuana Seizure in Multnomah County – Residence Searched in Salem

Posted on June 17, 2023

OREGON STATE POLICE NORTHWEST REGION MARIJUANA TEAM EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANTS IN LARGE-SCALE MARIJUANA, PSILOCYBIN, AND OTHER DRUG DELIVERY INVESTIGATION – MULTNOMAH COUNTY (PHOTOS)

On Thursday, June 8, 2023, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Northwest Region Marijuana (NWRMJ) team served search warrants at three (3) locations in Multnomah and Marion counties: a residence in the 2000 block of NE Edgewater Drive, Portland, a high-rise apartment near NW Hoyt St and NW 14th Ave. Portland, and a residence on Wyoming Circle, Salem.

Located and seized from the Edgewater residence included the following:

  • 21 firearms, one with an obliterated serial number
  • Body Armor
  • Approximately $198,000 U.S. Currency
  • 428 packages of illegal marijuana extracts (24 pounds)
  • 282 pounds of illegal marijuana flower
  • 320 marijuana pre-roll cigarettes
  • 7,847 marijuana vape cartridges
  • 1,161 packages of marijuana candies
  • 781 psilocybin mushroom bars, containing 3,124 grams of psilocybin
  • 0.6 pounds of dried psilocybin mushrooms
  • 2.7 pounds of counterfeit pills which tested positive for methamphetamine
  • 0.4 pounds of Xanax pills
  • 8.8 grams of cocaine
  • Several fraudulent Oregon driver’s licenses

Also discovered were two (2) bays within an attached garage which had been converted for cultivating psilocybin mushrooms; a total of 2,100 bags of suspected psilocybin mushrooms were seized. Detectives located evidence throughout the residence of the myriad of narcotics were being exported from Oregon, throughout the country, where they were ultimately sold on the black market for profit.

The following individuals were arrested and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (Felony), Unlawful Importing/Exporting of Marijuana (Felony) x2, and Animal Neglect in the Second Degree.

  • Pedro Antonio Valencia-Gonzalez (27)
  • Martin Anthony Martinez (25)
  • Albert Watak Vakacapelle (27)
  • Eric Joon Yi (36)

Additional Charges will be referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. Additional non-drug evidence was located at the two (2) other locations.

The OSP NWRMJ team was assisted by the OSP Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, OSP Southwest Region Marijuana (SWRMJ) team, United States Postal Service (USPS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Portland Office, Westside Interagency Narcotics Task Force (WIN), Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF), Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available for release at this time.

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