Woman sentenced for shipping pot to police

A Medford woman was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and two years’ probation after admitting she sent a pound of marijuana to an undercover agent in Georgia, sparking a series of investigations that led to a huge marijuana seizure at the former Willamette Egg Farm in Eagle Point.

Whitney Mardell Lynn Smith, 31, admitted in Jackson County Circuit Court to shipping a pound of cannabis to an undercover agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation last fall, leading investigators to search the Medford home she shared with co-suspect Clifton Dwight Crump.

The investigation led agents from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force to seize 6,741 pounds of marijuana at the egg farm. The seizure accounted for more than 94 percent of the 7,152 pounds of marijuana that MADGE seized in 2017.

Crump, 52, then Smith’s boyfriend, allegedly arranged the marijuana sale to the Georgia undercover agent, and directed that the marijuana be sent via FedEx, for which the agent sent $1,500 cash in a FedEx envelope.

From the home Smith shared with Crump in the 200 block of Reanna Way, MADGE allegedly seized more than 100 pounds of dried and processed marijuana and 43 grams of methamphetamine. They also found a duffel bag “full of records and receipts” on the floor of the master bedroom, according to court filings in the case.

Police allege that Crump was part owner-operator of an illegal marijuana operation at the former egg farm at 13003 Highway 62, where investigators found 239 growing marijuana plants and more than 200 pounds of processed marijuana, along with a kilogram of butane honey oil, 14 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and $7,600 cash, according to court documents and earlier news reports.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia sentenced Smith to 30 days in jail and two years’ probation after accepting her guilty pleas to a felony count of possessing methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of unlawfully exporting marijuana.

Michael Kellington, Smith’s court-appointed defense lawyer, told Mejia that his client is no longer involved with Crump.

Crump has pending felony charges of delivering and possessing methamphetamine, unlawfully manufacturing, delivering and possessing marijuana, conspiring to import or export marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of importing and exporting marijuana. Crump is scheduled to change his plea June 21, court filings show.

Smith and Crump each have pending misdemeanor charges of stalking and menacing, alleging they harassed a witness in the Willamette Egg Farm case in November and January, according to filings by MADGE. Crump allegedly drove past the witness’ home on multiple occasions in January, including making hand motions of a gun firing.

In late November, Smith allegedly told the witness that “(Smith and Crump’s) investor was coming into town from Texas, and the investor was going to hurt (the witness) and his children,” according to court documents filed by MADGE.

“Crump operated an illegal marijuana farm that was funded by Ross Hrncir out of Texas,” the court document says.

The former site of Willamette Egg Farm in Eagle Point was purchased in 2016 for $1.2 million by XP Investment Group LLC, which lists Ross Hrncir as managing member, with a mailing address in Halletsville, Texas. As of December, four parcels on the properties had been split between four companies, known as XP One, XP Two, XP Three and XP Four, and all managed by Hrncir, according to filings with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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