SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man pleaded guilty Thursday to marijuana and money laundering charges in what federal prosecutors said was a vast conspiracy to traffic marijuana from Oregon to Texas and Virginia.
Federal authorities said they seized 11,000 marijuana plants, 546 pounds of processed marijuana, more than $2.8 million in cash, 26 vehicles, trailers, a yacht, and three houses used as marijuana grow sites since August 2017.
Paul Eugene Thomas, 38, of Portland and other defendants grew marijuana in Oregon, transported it to Texas and Virginia, and received cash payments through the mail and in luggage on commercial flights, the U.S. attorney’s office in Portland said.
Growing and selling marijuana is legal in Oregon but only with a state license. The licensing commission said the defendants were not licensed. Shipping marijuana out of Oregon remains illegal —…