PORTLAND, Ore. - Thirty-five firearms -- ranging from Hollywood-style guns to high-powered rifles -- were seized as part of a heroin investigation Wednesday in Southeast Portland.
Police arrested Joshua Michael Buettner, 30, and Jehna Gowanlock, 26, on drug charges following a lengthy investigation into the sale of heroin.
Investigators said Buettner was armed with a handgun in a shoulder holster when officers contacted him on SE 82nd Avenue in the Lents neighborhood on Wednesday. Police said he had an ounce of heroin in his possession at the time.
When they went to Buettner's residence on SE 75th Avenue in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, officers said they found 34 additional guns, including handguns and rifles, in his home.
The firearms were found under piles of clothing and hanging in closets as well as other parts of Buettner's apartment. Police said they also found two safes and ammunition in the home.
"A lot of collectors have way more," said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson. "They're people who collect them as a hobby kept safe. They're not out dealing heroin."
Investigators are trying to determine how Buettner obtained the weapons. A source told KATU the guns were legally purchased, but investigators wonder if he used drug money to purchase them or planned to trade them for drugs.
Officers said the investigation began in January and is still ongoing. Investigators said they will check the serial numbers on the weapons to see if any are stolen and can be returned to their rightful owners.
Buettner and Gowanlock were both charged with multiple drug crimes and taken to the Multnomah County Jail, according to police.