Defendants in Major Marijuana Drug Trafficking
May 16, 2012 – (Eugene, OR) - Steven Jay Veit, 52, of Elmira, Oregon, was sentenced on May 8, 2012, to 27 months in prison and a three year term of supervised release on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute over 100 marijuana plants. On October 25, 2011, Veit pleaded guilty to the charge and agreed to a money judgment in the amount of $330,000.
Veit is the last of a group of six individuals sentenced for their involvement in a marijuana drug trafficking organization. The case grew out of a two and a half year-long investigation initiated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Oregon State Police. The organization maintained indoor marijuana grow sites at seven properties in Lane, Benton, and Lincoln counties. In May 2009, search warrants were executed at seven locations and resulted in the seizure of nearly 5,000 marijuana plants, over 60 firearms, and more than $67,000. A majority of the marijuana grown by members of the organization was being transported to California, where it was sold for profit.
To date, the following five co-conspirators have been sentenced: