Police take down drug house in North Portland

Police take down drug house in North Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 54-year-old man was arrested after two meth labs were uncovered, one in Beaverton and one in North Portland, deputies said.

Dan Miller was arrested and booked in the Washington County Jail on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $30,000.

The first lab was discovered Tuesday afternoon inside a parked van hauling a utility trailer at Southwest 96th Avenue and Southwest McMillan Street in Beaverton.

A police tracking dog searched the van after receiving permission and found glassware and chemicals commonly used to cook meth, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Evidence found in that meth lab led police to search the North Portland home, deputies said.

Just after 10 p.m. that evening, police swarmed the house at 23 N. Baldwin St. Hazmat teams were seen by a KATU freelance photographer pulling drug-making items from the house and assessing them on the sidewalk.

Deputies said the lab was not being used at the time to cook meth, but had items and tools to cook.

Later Wednesday morning, a sign on the door read that the house was unfit for occupancy due to illegal drug manufacturing.

Neighbors on Baldwin Street expressed relief of the bust. One neighbor, who didn’t want to give her name, said she’s had many sleepless nights because of this house – from the smell of chemicals to the sound of cars pulling up at all hours.

“I am terribly upset … the transients that have moved into the garage and in that house next door have really been going on like two or three years,” she said.

It was not clear from police how exactly Miller was connected to either lab.