News Release
September 10, 2008
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-1162

Cave Junction Couple Sentenced to Federal Prison
Marijuana Grown in Buried Shipping Containers

SEP 10 -- (Medford) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, Karin J. Immergut, announced that Rick Roy Scholtzhauer, 54, was sentenced September 2, 2008 to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture 1000 or more marijuana plants. His wife, Sabrina Scholtzhauer, 51 was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment.

In October 2005, after a lengthy investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Josephine Interagency Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at the Schlotzhauers’ rural residence in Cave Junction, Oregon. Law enforcement discovered the remnants of a large underground marijuana grow in the three shipping containers buried in the hillside directly below the residence. Subsequently, another property in Cave Junction owned by the Schlotzhauers was searched and was found to contain remnants of yet another marijuana grow. The investigation led law enforcement to search a third residence in Onalaska, Washington, previously owned by the Scholtzhauers, where law enforcement discovered two buried shipping containers containing 210 growing marijuana plants. The investigation revealed that the Schlotzhauers grew marijuana at their Cave Junction properties for several years and previously grew marijuana at the Washington property.