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Police seize gun arsenal in Inner Southeast drug bust

by: MCDC BOOKING PHOTOS - 30-year-old Joshua Michael Buettner (left) and 26-year-old Jehna Gowanlock were arrested - not on gun charges, despite their large arsenal, but for distribution of heroin.An investigation begun in January led to two arrests for alleged distribution of heroin. The arrests were made on Wednesday, February 20, in the Eastport Plaza parking lot, just north of Holgate Boulevard at S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses.

“Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) officers contacted the suspect,” said Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “He was in possession of an ounce of heroin – and was armed with a handgun in a shoulder holster.”

At 4:26 pm that afternoon, police placed 30-year-old Joshua Michael Buettner under arrest; and six minutes later also arrested 26-year-old Jehna Gowanlock.

Later, officers went to Buettner’s residence in the Foster-Powell Neighborhood, on S.E. 75th Avenue, just south of Holgate. “They located and seized 34 additional firearms, including numerous rifles and handguns,” Simpson reported. “Additional evidence seized included ammunition and two safes.”

The following day, in a PPB Property/Evidence Division conference room, Simpson showed the cache of guns confiscated in the case.

“The guns were found all over his house,” Simpson explained. “They were under the bed, under a pile of clothes in the corner – all over the place.

“This causes concern,” Simpson added. “If someone were to have burglarized this home they would’ve found tens of thousands of dollars worth of firearms that could be ‘turned’ on the street, and sold to the highest-bidding criminal. Even responsible gun owners – if they don’t keep their guns safe – can have their weapons end up in the hands of criminals.”

As for why all of Buettner’s guns were confiscated, Simpson told THE BEE, “He was in possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug crime. He’s been charged with heroin possession and distribution.

“Now, the question is,” Simpson went on, “did he use profits from his illegal enterprise to buy guns? This is one of the questions we’re investigating.”

What startled the NRT officers – and everyone else in the Bureau who has seen the collection – isn’t just the number of guns they found, Simpson added. “What is significant is the variety of weapons – the kinds and types that were found. There’s everything from deer rifles – like grandpa has in the garage – to Hollywood-style high-powered, high-quality, expensive rifles.”

Until police check the serial numbers, Simpson said, they won’t know if the guns were stolen.

“Having these guns in the community, in the hands of an accused drug dealer, is concerning,” Simpson added. “We’re happy that they are secured here, with us – and they will stay here with us until we figure out this case.”

Buettner was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 1:25 am on February 21 on multiple felony drug charges, including Delivery of Heroin. However, he was “Released on His Own Recognizance” later that same day.

Gowanlock was booked MCDC at 7:06 pm on February 20 on a felony drug charge of Delivery of Heroin and other drug possession charges. She was released that evening “on Her Own Recognizance” as well.