Police display some of the more than $280,000 in cash connected to a large-scale marijuana grow operation. A team led by the Keizer Police Department executed search warrants on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at homes in Salem and Keizer. (Keizer Police Department photo)

Police found indoor marijuana grow operations in six homes in Salem and Keizer that resulted in drug charges against seven people and the seizure of marijuana potentially worth millions, according to a statement released Friday night by the Keizer Police Department.

Police said they recovered 273 one-pound packages of marijuana, 4,085 plants and $280,802 in cash in the searches on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

“These marijuana grows were neighborhood problems,” the statement said. “Entire living spaces were dedicated to cultivating marijuana. Four of the six homes were declared uninhabitable due to dangerous wiring modifications, chemical contamination and substantial growth mold.”

All seven were cited for unlawful manufacture of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana and attempted delivery of marijuana. Police identified those cited:

•Shi Lu Su, 47, Keizer

•Xiyan Xie, 45, Keizer

•Xishi Xie, 40, Keizer

•Ming Xie, 68, Keizer

•Xizhi Xie, 42, Salem

•Dong Su, 43, Salem

•Chen Wuwen, 48, Salem

The properties searched by police and what Marion County assessor’s records show regarding the ownership:

•6996 River Rd N., Keizer. Assessor’s records don’t list this address but do show property at 6995 River Rd. N. was bought by Shilu Su and Xiyan Xie in 2019 for $320,000.

•1077 Northshire Ct. N.E., Keizer, bought by Shilu Su and Xiyan Xie in May 2021 for $473,000.

•2445 Tynel Ct. N.E., Keizer, bought by Xishi Xie in July 2020 for $250,000. Xishi Xie also listed an address in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

•250 Kashmir Ct. S.E., Salem, bought by Dong Su and Xizhi Xie in September 2019 for $355,000. Xizhi Xie also listed an address in Doraville, Georgia.

•4753 Lisa St. N.E., Salem, bought by Wuwen Chen in August 2021 for $550,000.

Chen Wuwen also was accused of marijuana crimes related to property at 4826 Manning Dr. N.E., in Salem. Marion County assessor’s records list the owners as individuals not charged in connection with the marijuana operation.

Lt. Trevor Wenning of the Keizer police said in the statement that the investigation started when the agency’s Community Response Unit was tipped last October to potential illegal activity at the Northshire Court home.

The statement said the packaged marijuana would be worth $278,000 in Oregon but nearly $1 million on the East Coast. The growing plants, once processed, could have been worth more than $28 million, the statement said.

Besides Keizer police, officers from the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Linn County Interagency Drug Team, U.S. DEA, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives participated in the Friday night searches.

In Oregon, personal-use marijuana cultivation is permitted for individuals, and commercial operations are allowed when licensed by the state. The police statement noted that no more than 168 pounds of processed marijuana is allowed under Oregon law and regulations.

Police found these one-pound packages of marijuana that came from what they said was a large-scale marijuana grow operation. A team led by the Keizer Police Department executed search warrants on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at homes in Salem and Keizer. (Keizer Police Department photo)

Police found chemicals stored in homes they say were being used for large-scale marijuana grow operations. A team lead by the Keizer Police Department executed search warrants on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at homes in Salem and Keizer. (Keizer Police Department photo)

Contact Editor Les Zaitz by email at [email protected]

CORRECTION: The police activity was on Tuesday, Feb. 1. An earlier version erroneously said it was Friday, Feb. 4.

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