Deputies find 711 marijuana plants in Welches

$2.1 million bust was result of community-based 'Weed and Seed' program
by: contributed photos, David Michael Harvey, left, and Karla Suzanne Harvey.

A Welches pair is in jail after police found 711 marijuana plants in their home late last month.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday that deputies found the plants Sept. 23 while executing a search warrant at the Welches Road home of David Michael Harvey, 36, and Karla Suzanne Harvey, 36.

Police took the Harveys' two children under the age of six into protective custody, and a third adult at the home was not arrested.

David and Karla Harvey were reported to have recently emigrated from the State of Montana to Welches just six weeks prior to this marijuana seizure.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Claggett - who is assigned to the Mount Hood corridor through the federal 'Weed and Seed' anti-drug program - sought the warrant after receiving tips from the community.

Investigators seized 342 plants that had an established root system from the garage portion of this newly constructed residence - and an additional 369 plants that had developed established root systems from assorted trays in a spare bedroom of this dwelling - equaling a total of 711 marijuana plants. Many of these plants were being grown with an interior enhanced lighting source, reflective foil panels and ventilation system.

According to police estimates, the plants would have been worth more than $2.1 million on the street.

Police also seized a five-pound portion of 'chocolate' from the kitchen of this home. This chocolate is suspected to contain marijuana and is expect to be submitted to the Oregon State Crime Laboratory for forensic examination.

When deputies attempted to arrest David Harvey after finding the plants, the suspect reportedly resisted custody and, while successfully handcuffed, pulled away from a deputy sheriff as he was being escorted to the awaiting patrol vehicle.

He allegedly ran into the woods and was pursued by two deputies who continued to struggle with Harvey while he continued to resist this arrest. During this struggle, Harvey kicked one deputy in the face and delivered a head butt to one of the arresting deputies during his continued efforts to escape.

Eventually, Harvey was collected and secured into the Clackamas County Sheriff's patrol vehicle and transported to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Jail and lodged. The assaulted deputy is recuperating from his injuries and did not require hospitalization.

David Harvey is lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $25,000 bail. He is charged with unlawful manufacture of marijuana, second degree escape, assaulting a police officer, first degree child neglect, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a minor and unlawful possession of marijuana. He faces arraignment on Oct. 31 and a trial on Nov. 17.

Karla Harvey, who was released from custody Sept. 25, faces charges of endangering the welfare of a minor, child neglect and manufacturing of a controlled substance.