Police raid nets marijuana plants

By Katy Nesbitt, The Observer October 23, 2013 01:32 pm

The Union/Wallowa County Drug Task Force and Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, along with police from Enterprise and the Oregon State Police, raided a Lostine house Monday afternoon. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
The Union/Wallowa County Drug Task Force and Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, along with police from Enterprise and the Oregon State Police, raided a Lostine house Monday afternoon. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Law enforcement seizes 161 marijuana plants in Lostine house

LOSTINE — A Monday afternoon raid in Lostine led to two arrests and the seizure of 161 marijuana plants.

According to the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, a search of the downtown residence, located between the Southfork Grange and the Lostine Tavern on Highway 82, led to the discovery of plants in various stages of growth. 

Packages of processed marijuana, grow equipment, firearms and ammunition were also seized, according to the sheriff’s office.

Jay Butzien, 38, was taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful manufacture of marijuana, six counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, six counts of reckless endangering and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

Angela Eckhardt was cited and released for unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful manufacture of marijuana, six counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, six counts of reckless endangering and frequenting a place where a controlled substance is used.

The couple’s six children are in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers said the Union/Wallowa County Task Force has been working on the case for more than a week and the investigation is ongoing.

The task force and Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, along with police officers from Enterprise and the Oregon State Police were involved in Monday’s arrests, seizure and investigation.

A building inspector was called in to assess the condition of the home. Rogers said the house has been condemned.

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