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St. Helens man arrested on possession charges, DUII

Stebbins was allegedly in possession of a new, concentrated form of marijuana, officials say.


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - StebbinsColumbia County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man in St. Helens Feb. 17 for allegedly driving under the influence of intoxicants and possessing a concentrated marijuana substance, more of which was later discovered in the man's home. Deputies made the arrest after investigating a non-injury vehicle crash the man was involved in near Pittsburg Road.

Alvin George Stebbins, 58, was booked on multiple charges including first-degree driving under the influence of intoxicants, third-degree criminal mischief, two counts of first-degree unlawful delivery of marijuana, two counts of unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of unlawful manufacture of marijuana.

Among the two ounces of marijuana in Stebbins' vehicle, deputies seized two tupperware containers full of “weed wax,” an apparently new, refined marijuana product with a potency of up to 90 percent THC, the active ingredient in the drug. The concentrated substance can be highly hallucinogenic and, according to Sergeant Detective Philip Edwards with the Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team, potentially dangerous to some. Edwards said reports indicate some have experienced episodes of psychosis after smoking weed wax, according to a press release.

Based in the St. Helens Police Department, CENT is the department's specialized counter-drug task force. The team opened an investigation into Stebbins in early January after reports alleged he was involved in the distribution of high volumes of marijuana and the substance referred to by the street names, “weed wax,” “ear wax” and “marijuana wax.”

CENT later acquired a warrant to search Stebbins' St. Helens home and on Feb. 19 seized more than one-and-a-half pounds of marijuana, approximately one pound of weed wax, a loaded firearm, and a total of $10, 275 cash.

Stebbins is lodged at the Columbia County jail with a bail of $150,000.