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Alleged Burglar Sentenced To 25 Months
Samuel Joseph Clifton has been sentenced to twenty-five months in custody after being found guilty by a twelve person jury. In December of 2012, Coos County Sheriff Deputies began investigating an alleged burglary on East Bay Drive. The named suspect was Samuel Clifton. SCINT was informed that Clifton may be in possession of methamphetamine and that he was allegedly operating a marijuana grow site on Cape Arago Highway in Coos County.
SCINT learned that despite previous convictions for DUI, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving and Theft in the First Degree, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program issued Clifton a growers permit. Detectives learned his grower card had been expired in excess of three months.
Assisted by Coos Bay Police, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police, SCINT detectives executed a search warrant at Clifton’s residence on Cape Arago Highway on December 20th, 2012. Stolen property was retrieved for an elderly victim. In addition there was a non-compliant marijuana grow in addition to scales, packaging material and a purported zip gun. The defendant was charged but subsequently failed to appear for numerous court appearances. SCINT eventually arrested Clifton on the outstanding warrants.
On July 3rd, 2014 a twelve person jury found Clifton guilty of Unlawful Manufacture and Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. The jury also found Clifton guilty of the commercial drug enhancements.
Clifton was sentenced to twenty-five months in custody followed by thirty-six months post prison supervision.