UPDATE #2 - ADDITIONAL SEIZURES: Portland Police Seize 35 Firearms, Recover Ounce of Heroin - Two Arrested

February 27, 2013 09:55

  

On Tuesday February 26, 2013, Portland Police Bureau officers assigned to the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) served a search warrant on two safes that were recovered during this investigation.

Seized from inside the safes were more than $100,000 in US currency, more than one ounce of heroin, and four handguns. None of the handguns are reported stolen.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges could be filed against the two people arrested, 30-year-old Joshua Michael Buettner and 26-year-old Jehna Gowanlock.

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The arrest occurred in the 4200 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue (Lents neighborhood) but the residence where the guns were seized is in the 4500 block of Southeast 75th Avenue (Foster-Powell neighborhood).

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The Portland Police Bureau will hold an evidence viewing of the 35 firearms recovered yesterday by the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team.

The viewing will be at the Property / Evidence Division, located at 2619 Northwest Industrial Way, at 1:30 p.m.

Interested media should check in at the public entrance.

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On Wednesday February 20, 2013, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team arrested two people on drug-related charges and recovered 35 firearms from a Lents neighborhood home in Southeast Portland.

The two people arrested were 30-year-old Joshua Michael Buettner and 26-year-old Jehna Gowanlock.

This investigation started in January 2013 when officers learned that Buettner and Gowanlock might be involved in the distribution of heroin.

Yesterday, officers contacted Buettner who was armed with a handgun in a shoulder holster and in was also in possession of an ounce of heroin.

Officers then went to Buettner's residence where they located and seized 34 additional firearms, including numerous rifles and handguns. Additional evidence seized includes ammunition and two safes.

This remains an ongoing investigation but some photos of the seized firearms are being released. They were all taken to the Property/Evidence Division. Officers will be checking serial numbers to see if any of the guns are listed as stolen property and if so, will make every effort to return them to the rightful owner.

Buettner and Gowanlock were both charged with multiple drug crimes and booked into the Multnomah County Jail. They will be arraigned today.

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