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Clifton Dwight Crump

Man gets probation in large pot bust

A Medford man who told police he illegally sold up to $100,000 of marijuana at a time has been sentenced to probation after agreeing to cooperate in a federal investigation of a pot farm.

Clifton Dwight Crump, 52, pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful manufacture of a marijuana item, unlawful import or export of a marijuana item and delivery of methamphetamine.

Some of the marijuana was sold and shipped out of Oregon to states where marijuana remains illegal, according to local police.

If Crump violates the terms of his three-year probation, he could be sent to an Oregon prison for 20 months, according to the terms of the sentence.

Crump is also banned from participating in any marijuana business and must forfeit any stake he has in property seized from a marijuana growing operation at the former Willamette Egg Farm north of Eagle Point.

He must cooperate with a federal Drug Enforcement Administration investigation and be willing to testify truthfully in any case brought forward, according to Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Marco Boccato, who prosecuted the case against Crump in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Boccato said the DEA is still evaluating the case. No legal proceedings have moved forward at the federal level at this time, he said.

The 78-acre former egg farm is owned by XP Investments LLC of Texas, which bought the property in 2016 for $1.2 million, according to Jackson County property records.

Ross Hrncir of Texas was the investor behind the operation, according to a probable cause affidavit by the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team.

Boccato said an investigation is ongoing into whether Hrncir knew marijuana was being illegally diverted out of Oregon.

In October 2017, MADGE and SWAT teams from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Medford Police Department raided the property.

MADGE investigators said at the time they found marijuana, butane honey oil, psilocybin mushrooms, methamphetamine and $7,600 in cash.

Part of the property was being used for a licensed medical marijuana grow, but other parts of the property were home to illegal grow sites, police said at the time.

Court documents reveal the bust came after an undercover operation in which Crump had a woman send marijuana via FedEx to a person in Georgia who turned out to be an undercover agent.

Investigators then served a search warrant on the property, according to a probable cause affidavit by MADGE.

Crump admitted selling approximately $200,000 to $250,000 worth of marijuana since the spring of 2016 — and on some occasions selling between $50,000 and $100,000 of marijuana in a single transaction, the affidavit said.

In Jackson County Circuit Court Thursday, Crump’s defense attorney, Justin Rosas, said Crump is a lifelong Southern Oregon resident who fell into drug addiction.

Rosas said Crump has cleaned up his life and is doing better in the aftermath of the raid.

“He was lost,” Rosas said.

Crump apologized in court for his actions.

As part of the plea agreement, charges that Crump menaced and stalked a man and his family were dropped.

The man said Crump and an accomplice, Whitney Mardell Lynn Smith, had accused him of working with police on the investigation, according to a MADGE affidavit in the stalking and menacing case.

The man said Crump told him an investor from Texas was coming into town and would hurt the man and his family, the affidavit said.

Earlier this month, Smith, 31, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation after admitting she shipped marijuana to the undercover agent in Georgia.

She pleaded guilty to unlawfully exporting marijuana and methamphetamine possession, according to court records.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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