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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Oregon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 5, 2014

Two Indicted for Illegally Growing 5,000 Marijuana Plants on Federal Lands

MEDFORD, OR  – Amanda Marshall, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, announced that two defendants were indicted in relation to an illegal marijuana grow on federal land in Jackson County.  Humberto Salgado-Salgado, 36, and Juan Albert Lopez-Moroyoqui, 50, were charged with conspiracy and manufacturing marijuana.  In addition, Lopez-Moroyoqui was charged with being an alien who illegally returned to the United States after being deported for a drug related conviction.

Salgado-Salgado and Lopez-Moroyoqui were arrested in the marijuana grow on Forest Service Land in rural Jackson County, Oregon on August 18, 2014.  Federal and State agents served a search warrant and seized approximately 5,000 marijuana plants.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant should be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, U. S. Forest Service, Department of Homeland Security, and the DEA all assisted in the investigation, and the prosecution is being conducted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Judith Harper.

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Updated January 29, 2015