LCSO seizes $50K worth of pot

Derrek Vaughn | The Valdosta Daily TimesLowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk sits with several bags of marijuana confiscated during a recent bust.

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office seized $50,000 worth of marijuana that was delivered to Valdosta through a supplier in Portland, Ore.

Jason V. Jones is charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other related charges, according to the LCSO.

LCSO Lt. Rob Picciotti said the investigation began in fall 2017 when authorities received a tip. LCSO learned marijuana packages from Portland were being sent to a person in South Georgia through the United States Post Office, Picciotti said.

Deputies searched a building in mid-June that was used as a distribution center. They recovered about 10 pounds of marijuana, he said. They also searched a personal residence and found an additional five pounds there, Picciotti said.

"Follow-up search warrants as well as information gained during the investigation identified a person in the state of Oregon that was responsible for shipping the marijuana to Valdosta," Picciotti said. 

LCSO followed up on the information and reached out to law enforcement in Portland and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

He said law enforcement searched a residence in Portland last week where authorities found about 1,400 marijuana plants and multiple large boxes filled with marijuana prepared for shipping.

Picciotti said the Portland investigation is ongoing.

Thomas Lynn is a government and education reporter for The Valdosta Daily Times. He can be reached at (229)244-3400 ext. 1256

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