Police serve warrant, find drug lab
Troopers with the Oregon State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Northwest Columbia Drive, located north of Madras, on Monday afternoon, Dec. 11.
OSP had conducted an initial investigation of property crime and obtained a search warrant to seize evidence at the residence of 28-year-old Madras resident, Joshua Joseph. The search warrant was executed and in addition to the expected evidence, troopers discovered a clandestine drug lab along with other drug-related evidence.
The Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section responded to process the illegal drug lab and all discovered hazardous materials were properly collected.
Joseph was taken into custody without incident and was lodged at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on charges of first-degree forgery, first-degree possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception, possession of a stolen vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Additional drug related charges are anticipated following a referral to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. Oregon State Police were assisted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and the Jefferson County Fire District.