A marijuana grow operation on property near Estacada was seized Oct. 3 and the man living on the property has been arrested.
Earlier this year on a Marijuana Eradication flight, deputies spotted what could be an illegal grow just outside of Estacada. Upon further investigation it turned out the land was purchased by a man with cash, but the land was never developed, although neighbors reported frequent traffic.
As a result, the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force served a search warrant at 6:48 p.m. Oct. 3, where officers found 755 plants growing in a pole barn and makeshift greenhouses throughout the property. In addition to the plants, the property showed evidence of a large-scale harvesting and distribution operation.
The estimated street value of the marijuana is $1.5 million.
The property is at 27125 S.E. Currin Road and is mostly wooded, aside from the two pole barns, one of which had an indoor grow in it, while the other was being used to dry and harvest the marijuana.
The property owner was not on the scene, but Wesley Allen Steggall was living on the property in a tarp lean-to and is believed to have been caring for the plants and doing the harvesting.
Near his campsite, officers found camp stoves, bulk rice and beans and camping equipment that led them to believe Steggall had been camping on the property for an extended time.
Steggall was taken into custody and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the warrants and accused of manufacture, distribution and possession of marijuana.
A second suspect attempted to bail him out with $19,000 in cash, but the money was seized as it is believed to be proceeds from drug sales.
The investigation is on going and the Sheriff's Office expects further arrests in the days to come.