Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Cle Elum man Saturday morning after finding 90 marijuana plants growing on his property, according to a probable cause statement.

Sheriff’s detectives searched 46-year-old Justin L. Orstad’s three lots on Mountain River Trails Road near Cle Elum and found the plants, which were allegedly set up with grow lights hooked to solar panels along with irrigation equipment and greenhouses.

A 17-year-old girl found with Orstad was taken into custody on a youth-at-risk warrant from Snohomish County.

Along with the plants, deputies allegedly found several bags of marijuana totaling five ounces. They searched Orstad and allegedly found a small bag of methamphetamine.

When he was interviewed, Orstad allegedly told investigators that he gave a portion of the bagged marijuana to the girl so she’d have “something other than heroin to smoke,” according to the statement of probable cause.

A to-do list found nearby allegedly labeled “daily reminders” included the task, “water weed,” according to the probable cause statement.

Orstad is being held on charges of methamphetamine possession, possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana, unlawfully growing marijuana and distributing a controlled substance to a minor.

His bail was set at $20,000.


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