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Salem Police Arrest Medical Marijuana Provider

Hatfield is a medical marijuana provider, and allowed a search of his residence.

Clockwise from left: James Strom, Kirk Grable and Charles Hatfield, arrested for Oregon Medical Marijuana violation
Clockwise from left: James Strom, Kirk Grable and Charles Hatfield, arrested for Oregon Medical Marijuana violation and related charges

(SALEM, Ore.) - Three Salem men were arrested Thursday at 8:30 PM for charges related to marijuana sales and possession. One of the three is a legal Medical Marijuana grower and provider, but police say amounts recovered were far in excess of legal limits under Oregon's Medical Marijuana Program.

Salem Police Lt. Jim Anglemier says Salem Drug Activity Response Team detectives and members of the Street Crimes Unit were conducting a drug investigation, when they learned of a medical marijuana provider selling marijuana to a person who was not a legal marijuana patient.

Police say the provider, 31-year old Charles Hatfield who lives in the 5000 block of Lone Oak Road SE in Salem, delivered a small quantity of marijuana. Hatfield was taken into custody without incident, Anglemier said.

"With consent, a search of Hatfield's residence was conducted. Seized was over 6 pounds of marijuana valued at $17,000; 17 grams of psilocybin mushrooms valued at $150; 25 mature and immature marijuana plants; $2600 cash, 4 firearms and marijuana growing equipment.

Anglemier says Hatfield is a medical marijuana provider for two people. That means he is authorized to have 48 ounces of dried marijuana and a combination of mature and immature marijuana plants. Salem Police did not specify whether or not the guns located at the residence have any criminal implications.

Two other people who live at the residence, 24-year old James Strom and 34-year old Kirk Grable, were also taken into custody. All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail on the below listed charges.

Charles Duane Hatfield faces charges of:
*Distribution of a Controlled Substance- Marijuana
*Distribution of a Cont. Sub.- Marijuana-within a 1000ft of a school
*Manufacture of a Cont. Sub.- Marijuana*
*Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
*Possession of Less than 1 oz. of Marijuana
*Possession of a Cont. Sub.- Psilocybin Mushrooms
*Maintaing a Place where drugs are used or sold

His bail is set at $145,000 James Allen Strom faces charges of:
*Unlawful Manufacture of a Cont. Sub. -Marijuana
*Unlawful Possession of a Cont. Sub.-Marijuana
*Maintaining a Place where drugs are used or sold

His bail is set at $65,000

Kirk Lewis Grable faces charges of
*Unlawful Delivery of a Cont. Sub.-Marijuana*Unlawful Possession of a Cont. Sub. -Marijuana*Maintaining a Place where drugs are used or sold

His bail is set at $45,000

*Oregon law refers to marijuana growing as "manufacturing," though neither Webster's Dictionary or Wikipedia define growing a plant as manufacturing.


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Anonymous August 3, 2018 5:14 am (Pacific time)

Anonymous because you dont want to put your name next to a lie

Anonymous December 13, 2017 12:38 pm (Pacific time)

he use to abuse his kids too

Anonymous April 11, 2016 11:38 am (Pacific time)

Don't break the law and you won't end up in jail. He chose his actions and ruined his own life. He did way more than what they actually charged him with. Drug dealers are usually not caught the first time they do something. They usually have been doing it illegally long enough to raise suspicion among the neighbors and police. He got what he deserved.

Anonymous January 14, 2016 12:35 pm (Pacific time)

This was total BULLCRAP. what they did to Charles was unlawful and horrible. He spent 2.5 years in prison for what a drug that is legal now!!!! They ruinwd his life.. He should have NEVER WENT TO PRISON. talk about wrongfully done...

charles dwayne hatfield June 9, 2012 2:26 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you editor it feels good to be home

Editor: Awesome brother

Charles Hatfield June 23, 2011 10:16 am (Pacific time)

im back 3 years later hope you all are happy on how your tax dollars are spent what a joke what brain washing crap wake up America really 3 years in prison for marijuana and small amounts at that

Editor: Hey Charles, you were a POW, we are glad you're back, that is great!~

euripedes March 22, 2008 4:12 pm (Pacific time)

proud to be an american where i get to THINK i'm free. i only get to think that because the TV says so. wake up america!!!!

charles hatfield March 11, 2008 9:05 pm (Pacific time)

all i can say is the cops lied

DB September 26, 2007 12:56 pm (Pacific time)

These 3 look like poster children for why Cannabis should no longer be profitable as a black market item. Tax and Regulate!

JB September 23, 2007 8:26 pm (Pacific time)

Those three look like poster children on why Marijuana is illegal. Ban the bud.

S.LaMarche; September 22, 2007 5:45 pm (Pacific time)

What a load of B.S.! Legalize it!

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