A Bend-area man is facing multiple marijuana-related charges in Deschutes and Klamath counties following an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop last week that has led to the seizure of nearly 125 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana and other evidence was found in vehicle and later at a home he rents where he maintained a large indoor grow operation. OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives are continuing the investigation.
On February 24, 2012 at approximately 11:35 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2001 GMC pickup displaying Oregon license plates for traffic violations northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 190 in Klamath County. The pickup’s driver was identified as Daniel Jude Uelman, age 35, from Bend.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 24 pounds of marijuana inside large duffel bags in the pickup. The ongoing investigation by OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office, and Criminal Investigations Division and Drug Enforcement Section detectives led to search warrants being served at his rented home located south of Sunriver in the 17000 block of Merganser Road. Investigators found a large indoor marijuana growing operation and noted the rented home had been extensively converted to grow marijuana.
A search of the home yielded 561 starter and mature-sized marijuana plants, approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana, and additional evidence related to manufacturing, possessing and distributed marijuana. Estimated value of the seized process marijuana during the traffic stop and at the home is approximately $312,000.
Uelman was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana. He was also cited to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court on the same charges.
News Release and Photo from: Oregon State Police