Neighbors' concerns lead to Sellwood drug raid
Concerns about drugs being manufactured or distributed at a house located at 704 S.E. Lexington Street – directly across the street from Sellwood Park – led to a police raid on the morning of June 16.
A large police presence, including a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) K-9 team, were in the area early that morning; officers were seen loading material out of the residence into an unmarked police SUV.
PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley told THE BEE, "Officers were serving a warrant, initiated by neighborhood complaints regarding activity at the house, to the Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team."
Because illegal drugs were potentially involved, the Neighborhood Response Team called on the services of the Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team to serve the warrant, and search the premises.
PPB Officer Shaun Sahli, who was lead investigative officer for this warrant, told how the mission came about. "We looked into this being a possible drug house. Based on our observations, we corroborated what neighbors were reporting, and obtained a warrant to search the house."
Inside, Sahli said, it appeared as if the residents had been making "hash oil". Officers also found what they believed to be methamphetamine.
41-year-old Joseph Andrew Schmeer was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center at 12:53 p.m. on charges of Methamphetamine Possession, Manufacturing Marijuana, and two other unspecified felony charges.
After appearing before a Multnomah County judge, Schmeer was set free on the afternoon of his arrest, "on his Own Recognizance, with Pretrial Supervision", pending his trial on the charges.