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KELSO COUPLE SENTENCED FOR SOPHISTICATED MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2005

ROGER BRANDON McCORMICK, 40, of Kelso, Washington, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma today for charges related to a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in his home. Judge Franklin D. Burgess sentenced ROGER McCORMICK to 30 months in prison and four years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Manufacture Marijuana and Manufacturing Marijuana. DEANNA McCORMICK, 42, also of Kelso, was sentenced on March 9, 2005, to one year and one day in prison and two years of supervised release for Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premise.

According to court records, on April 27, 2004, members of the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the McCORMICK residence in Kelso. As officers approached the 4500 square foot home they could smell the odor of growing marijuana. Inside the house the odor was almost overwhelming. In the lower level of the home they found 854 marijuana plants. The growing operation was elaborate and included a room with a bank vault type door. It was inside this room that the bulk of the marijuana plants were found. Elsewhere in the house they found equipment for processing and bagging marijuana and nearly 5 pounds of processed marijuana. More than 70 firearms were taken from the property, which was equipped with a video surveillance system.

The case was investigated by the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William H. Redkey, Jr.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington at (206) 553-4110.

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