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Bethany man arrested on suspicion of selling pot from home

Investigators seize marijuana plants, guns and cash at residence
by: Submitted photo Phuoc Dinh Tran

Detectives from the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team on Wednesday arrested a Bethany man suspected of selling marijuana out of his house in the 3500 block of Northwest Ashland Court.

Phuoc Din Tran, 41, was arrested at home after investigators with a search warrant seized 4.5 pounds of dried marijuana, 42 live marijuana plants, four guns and more than $7,000 in cash, said Sgt. David Thompson, spokesman with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Tran was transported to the Washington County Jail, where he was lodged on accusations of unlawful manufacture, distribution and possession of a controlled substance - marijuana.

A registered grower and caregiver with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, Tran's license allows him to grow a limited amount of marijuana for patients specifically identified on his grower's card. Cardholders aren't allowed to sell marijuana for profit under any circumstances, Thompson said.

Detectives obtained evidence that Tran had been selling marijuana to unregistered subjects and had allegedly sold marijuana out of his house, which is less than 1,000 feet from Bethany Elementary School. The proximity could increase the sentence he receives if he is convicted, Thompson said.

The investigation is ongoing. Thompson asks anyone with information regarding illegal marijuana grows to call the sheriff's office at 503-846-5650.