Three arrested in raid on Polk County BHO lab

Three people were arrested Tuesday after authorities executed a search warrant on a butane hash oil (BHO) lab in Independence, according to a release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).

On Aug. 1, the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT), with assistance from the Oregon State Police and PCSO, executed a search warrant at a residence located at 8400 Buena Vista Rd. in Independence.

During the search, detectives found an active BHO lab where homemade marijuana extract was being made.

Due to the risks of explosion and fire, Polk County Fire personnel were called into to assist in dismantling the lab.

 

The Polk Interagency Narcotics Team arrested three men during an Aug. 1, 2017 search warrant on a BHO lab in Independence, Ore. Photo courtesy of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Over 216 pounds of marijuana was seized, along with 30 ounces of hash oil, which has a street value of $25,000.

Detectives also located user amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine and psilocybin mushrooms at the location.

From L to R: Dennis Underwood, 35; Joseph Soulier, 38; and Brandon Axmaker, 18, were arrested Aug. 1, 2017 after authorities served a search warrant on a butane hash oil lab. Photos courtesy of Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Dennis Lee Underwood, 35, was arrested on charges of unlawful manufacture of marijuana extract, unlawful possession of over 1/4 ounce of marijuana extract, unlawful possession of cocaine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (psilocybin mushrooms).

Joseph Matthew Soulier, 38, was arrested on charges of unlawful manufacture of marijuana extract, unlawful possession of over 1/4 ounce of marijuana extract, and unlawful possession of cocaine.

Brandon Michael Axmaker, 18, was arrested on charges of unlawful manufacture of marijuana extract and unlawful possession of over 1/4 ounce of marijuana extract.