Clear plastic garbage bags that have been stuffed with commercial-grade cannabis nugs.

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Washington Grower Robbed of $250,000 Worth of Cannabis

A group of six people allegedly stole about $250,000 worth of freshly cured cannabis flower from a cultivation facility in Kelso, Washington over the weekend; owners are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Full story after the jump.

Thieves carried out an elaborate heist at the Cascade Mountain Cannabis cultivation facility in Kelso, Washington early Sunday morning, making off with roughly $250,000 worth of cured cannabis flower, according to a TDN report.

Cascade’s owner Courtney Roberts called the plot “sickening” and has offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

The alleged thieves — five men and one woman — cut through the facility’s steel walls early Sunday morning and were able to clean out the drying room of some 130 to 150 pounds of freshly cured cannabis. The alleged thieves also destroyed some security cameras in the unmarked facility but surviving cameras were able to capture images of the suspects, including a tattoo on one person’s arm and another’s whole face. Three of the alleged thieves wore “Oregunian” brand sweatshirts, another wore a Nickelback t-shirt.

Mark Michaelson, manager at the cultivation facility, told FOX 12, “They literally cut a hole through the heavy steel siding, sheetrock and all the insulation – cut a hole in and literally crawled like rats through that hole.”

“They come in literally the day before this stuff was ready to be trimmed and sold – and literally took everything. Do I believe they were tipped off that there was dry product in this facility? 100 percent. There’s no question. The timing was too good.” — Michaelson, via FOX 12

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Kelso police department, which confirmed that it is investigating the robbery.


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