Marijuana Search Warrant – 1,700 Illegal Plants Found by Sheriff’s Deputies


News Release from Josephine Co. Sheriff’s Office
June 16th, 2023

INCIDENT DATE: June 15, 2023

ARRESTED: Dionicio Sanchez-Hernandez, 28 years-old

Pedro Sanchez-Hernandez, 29 years-old

Antonio Sanchez-Hernandez, 36 years-old

Nathan Contreras, 57 years-old

Lorraine Leon, 57 years-old

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana

2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana


On June 15, 2023, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety, executed a search warrant in the 4000 block of Laurel Avenue, Grants Pass, regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, more than 1,700 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. Additionally, 10 firearms and a large amount of cash were seized on scene.

The property also had multiple water and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the criminal forfeiture of the property.

Dionicio Sanchez-Hernandez, Pedro Sanchez-Hernandez, Antonio Sanchez-Hernandez, Nathan Contreras, and Lorraine Leon were all arrested and transported to the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.