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Cave Junction Man Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Manufacturing and Possession with Intent to Distribute over 100 Kilograms of Marijuana

Defendant Admits He Was Growing Marijuana Under the Guise of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program but Illegally Selling it for Profit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2012

MEDFORD, Ore. - U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Raymon Sylvester, 44, of Cave Junction, to two years federal prison for manufacture and possession with intent to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana.

In January 2011, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team (RADE) arrested defendant in the process of selling three pounds of marijuana to a police informant for $6,300. RADE detectives then executed a search warrant at defendant's residence in Cave Junction, Oregon, discovering 92 marijuana plants (20 mature and 72 immature) growing in the garage, over 300 pounds of processed marijuana bud, scales, packaging materials, a money counting machine, several firearms in a gun safe, and a loaded handgun in defendant's bedroom. Defendant admitted that while he grew the marijuana under the guise of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, his intent was strictly to sell the marijuana for profit.

Although the maximum sentence for this offense is 40 years prison, defendant faced a recommended 46 month prison term under the advisory federal sentencing guidelines. Judge Panner reduced the sentence to 24 months in prison, noting that since defendant's arrest, he has made significant post-offense rehabilitation efforts by completing a drug treatment program and developing and promoting his own addiction recovery curriculum. Defendant was given 90 days to report.

Assistant U. S Attorney Douglas W. Fong handled the prosecution of the case.

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