Thousands of pounds of pot seized in Bella Vista
A very large quantity of marijuana was seized during raids of three Bella Vista area locations Tuesday. The Sheriff's Marijuana Investigative Team, along with Fish and Wildlife agents, served two search warrants, one on Deschutes Road and the other on Gaspers Road. Their investigation then led them to a third piece of property off of Old Alturas Road west of Deschutes. More than 3000 pounds of semi-processed marijuana was found hanging in a barn and in a large shipping container. Another 110 pounds of fully processed pot was also found, as well as 143 growing plants. The property owner, 54-year-old Larry Gasper, was arrested and then released due to medical issues. Four people who were allegedly working for him were cited and released. Gasper made headlines last year when he paid a $14,000 property tax bill with loose change.