Sixteen individuals have been indicted and arraigned for their part in operating the 45th Parallel, the Ontario, Ore.-based medical marijuana shop frequented by dozens of residents living on both sides of the Oregon-Idaho border.
Boise Weekly first visited the 45th Parallel in January 2011, discovering a robust business.
"We know of at least 500 Idaho clients that have bought property in Oregon just in the last 60 days," the owner told BW. "They don't want to break the law, so this is going to be their new home. Idaho is losing residents, there's no doubt about it."
But a yearlong investigation by the Malheur County Prosecutor's Office resulted in the arrests earlier this month and the indictments and arraignments handed down Sept. 25. Charges were leveled against 13 Oregon residents, three individuals from Nampa and one suspect from Boise. Each has been charged with racketeering and several received additional charges of delivery, possession and/or manufacture of marijuana.
A pre-trial date is expected to be scheduled for mid-December.