Cat rescue founder arrested for shipping weed

76 marijuana plants and 3.9 pounds of processed marijuana found in home, deputies said

Julie Diane Shoemaker (left) and Michael Jay Sorenson (right) were arrested for illegally sending marijuana to South Dakota. (KOIN 6 News)
Julie Diane Shoemaker (left) and Michael Jay Sorenson (right) were arrested for illegally sending marijuana to South Dakota. (KOIN 6 News)

LEBANON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Linn County Sheriff’s have arrested two Lebanon residents for allegedly sending marijuana through the mail, officials said.

Julie Diane Shoemaker, 50, and Michael Jay Sorensen, 56 attempted to send about a pound and a half of marijuana to a residential address in South Dakota, Linn County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Deputies served a search warrant on the pair’s Lebanon residence and found 76 marijuana plants, 3.9 pounds of processed marijuana, marijuana grow equipment, marijuana paraphernalia, packaging material, drug records, digital scales, two pistols, schedule two prescription medication and $3,891.

Shoemaker was found to be registered through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program as a current patient and grower for three patients.

Shoemaker founded and operated Spay Inc., a nonprofit organization that rescues and adopts feral cats. The organization is located at the same address where the crimes occurred, deputies said.

Both Shoemaker and Sorenson were arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful delivery of marijuana. They were lodged at Linn County Jail.

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