August 20, 2010 14:19This morning at approximately 8:00 a.m., Portland Police Officers from the Drugs and Vice Division served a search warrant at an apartment in the Gateway Plaza Apartments, located in the 9900 Block of Northeast Glisan Street. The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation into heroin distribution.
During the search of the apartment, Officers discovered electrical components and a small amount of explosive powder that investigators believed was consistent with someone possibly making some sort of explosive device. Additionally, Officers searching a vehicle associated to the suspect located what appeared to be a fully constructed pipe bomb.
Officers immediately called for the Portland Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) and began to evacuate the apartment building of all residents. A large perimeter was established from Northeast 97th to 102nd and Irving to Burnside. Tri Met busses were brought to the area for residents to wait inside.
EDU examined the items in the apartment and determined that they were not an active explosive device. These items were collected as evidence. Utilizing a robot, EDU was able to safely remove the suspected pipe bomb from the suspect's car and place it into an explosive containment vehicle for transport to a remote area for further examination.
The apartment building was reopened to residents and area streets were reopened to vehicular traffic at approximately 1:00 p.m. There were no injuries as a result of this investigation.
The suspect in this case, 35-year-old Konstantin Kuznetsov, was arrested at the scene and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Distribution of Heroin (Class A Felony) and Possession of Heroin (Class B Felony). Detectives are continuing their investigation into the explosives and may add additional charges at a later date.
Portland Police Bureau Detective Shawn Doble is the lead investigator in this case and can be reached at (503) 823-1083.
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The Portland Police Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) has responded to investigate the report of a possible pipe bomb in the area of Northeast 99th Avenue and Glisan Street. Traffic is currently affected in the area due to a number of road closures. Presently, Northeast Glisan Street is blocked from 97th to 102nd Avenues and a block each direction North and South.
Media staging will be on Northeast Glisan at 97th Avenue. Portland Police PIO is enroute to the scene.
Sgt. Pete Simpson