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West Linn students implicated in marijuana ring

{img:26586}In one of the largest drug busts of its in kind in West Linn, police seized about 10 pounds of marijuana and other drugs and more than $18,000 during the month of November as part of an investigation of the trafficking of narcotics into the city and West Linn High School.

The seizures and associated arrests were part of an investigation that happened over several months, according to West Linn Police Detective Mike Francis, and more arrests are expected in the coming weeks or months.

"I believe this is one of the largest drug cases we've had the opportunity to work," Francis said. "And it certainly is when you take into account the impact on the high school."

Throughout November, multiple search warrants were served in both West Linn and Eugene.

Zorich.

Police said the operation centered around Francesco Zorich, 51, of West Linn. Acting on information that Zorich was selling marijuana and employing West Linn High School students to tend to his grow operation, police served a search warrant at Zorich's home Nov. 19 and seized nearly 2 pounds of marijuana and more than $3,500.

Police said Zorich was paying for the students' services with marijuana.

On Nov. 25, police arrested Nick Joscelyn, 20, of West Linn, after he delivered marijuana and other drugs from Eugene to an 18-year-old former West Linn High School student.

Police reportedly seized a half pound of marijuana and more than $2,500 from Joscelyn.

Joscelyn.

That same night, investigators searched an apartment in Eugene and arrested Connor Krug, 21, of West Linn, for conspiracy to commit delivery of the controlled substances MDMA (commonly known as Ecstasy) and marijuana, as well as delivery of marijuana.

Approximately 1 pound of marijuana and more than $4,100 was reportedly seized from Krug.

Many of those identified in the investigation are former and current West Linn High School students. Police said much of the marijuana seized was destined for the high school through a network of dealers from all grade levels.

MDMA, marijuana oil and other controlled substances were included in the investigation as well, according to police.

“I’ve heard numerous kids from inside and out of West Linn High School refer to our town as ‘Weed Linn,'" said Francis, who is a former school resource officer at the high school. "This operation was partially responsible for that by supplying in excess of a pound a week of marijuana into the high school. Many of the arrangements to do deals were done during school hours.”

Over the course of the investigation, police found a number of those involved in the delivery of marijuana were a part of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program but were selling to those who were not a part of the program.

Krug.

“Every law enforcement jurisdiction is very proactive when it comes to enforcing the laws against those that profit from illegal drug sales," Police Chief Terry Timeus said. "The three individuals in this case were clearly selling to kids in the West Linn community. ... There are many different opinions as to the use of marijuana and everyone is entitled to their opinions. But I am certain everyone agrees giving or selling drugs to kids is despicable.

"I ensure you that those that have been associating with these drug dealers, buying from these drug dealers or helping these drug dealers can expect a visit from the West Linn Police Department."

West Linn police will be working with the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office to ensure all offenders involved in this case are prosecuted and given the maximum amount of time in the Oregon prison system that the law allows, according to Timeus.

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