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Emergency room doctor arrested in illegal drug manufacturing bust – Corvallis Gazette Times

Agents from Linn County Interagency Narcotic Enforcement raided two homes early this week, one in Scio and another in Corvallis, arresting six people and discovering an illegal drug manufacturing operation, according to Albany Police Capt. Eric Carter.

The investigation focused on the unlawful manufacture of the marijuana extract known as butane hash oil, or butane honey oil. The oil is used to make extremely potent cannabinoid edibles or can be smoked or vaporized, which is commonly known as “dabbing.”

The activities involved a legal substance but are criminal because of the quantity the suspects possessed, and because the group was manufacturing BHO without a state license.

Officers in Corvallis raided a home in the2700 block of Marshall Drive, where they arrested Mark Craig Rose, 61, an emergency room doctor with Samaritan Health Services, reporting he had an inactive BHO lab and three 55-gallon drums of marijuana.

Rose was originally booked into the Linn County Jail for charges related to the Scio raid, but was later transferred to the Benton County Jail. He faces two counts of manufacturing marijuana items, two counts of delivery of marijuana, and two counts of possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana.

Records also indicate that Rose owns the property at 36585 Crackerneck Drive in Scio, where agents discovered an active BHO lab and about 6.5 pounds of BHO. As a result of both raids, officers seized 200 pounds of marijuana, a quantity of Ecstasy, and user amounts of methamphetamine.

George Joseph Nelson, 42, of Scio was arrested for manufacture of marijuana items, delivery of marijuana, and possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana.

Jeremiah Alexander Hart, 42, of Corvallis, was arrested for manufacture of marijuana items, possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, and possession of methylenedioxymeth, or Ecstasy.

In addition, Jennifer Marie Pechar, 40, of Scio, was cited and released for possession of methamphetamine and frequenting a place where drugs are manufactured and sold; Kimberly Jeanet Wolf, 36, of Lebanon, was cited forfrequenting a place where drugs are manufactured and sold; and James Eugene Mobley, 33, of Lebanon, was cited for frequenting a place where drugs are manufactured and sold.

The Linn County Regional SWAT Team, Corvallis Police Department, and lab teams from the Oregon State Police and the DEA Eugene office assisted inthe arrests and warrant service.

TheLinn County Interagency Narcotic Enforcement team was established after the county was designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in 2016. The team is comprised of investigators from the Linn County Sheriffs Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon State Police, DEA and Oregon National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said the cases will be tried in Linn County despite the raid in Corvallis.

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Police: Emergency room doctor, five others arrested in ‘major … – KATU – KATU

by Joe Douglass, KATU News

From left to right: Mark Rose, 61, George Nelson, 42, and Jeremiah Hart, 42. Police said the three men and three other suspects were arrested this week for allegedly taking part in an illegal butane hash oil manufacturing operation.

Police said an emergency room doctor and five other people were arrested in a major drug bust in Linn and Benton counties this week.

Officers said Dr. Mark Rose, 61, is not accused of committing crimes on the job but KATU discovered he is facing repercussions professionally.

Rose and others are accused of illegally manufacturing butane hash oil, also known as butane honey oil, BHO or dab. The substance is a concentrated byproduct of marijuana that’s extracted through a highly-flammable, potentially dangerous process.

“We know it’s a highly-lucrative business. We know that there’s a lot of money to be made,” Captain Eric Carter, of the Albany Police Department, told KATU on Thursday.

He said a major drug bust at two locations started at a property on the 36000 block of Crackerneck Drive in Scio Monday morning. Carter said inside a barn officers from the Linn County Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team found a lab manufacturing butane hash oil.

“What really sets this apart is this was a commercial-grade operation,” Carter explained. “What was missing in this operation is they weren’t licensed or sanctioned by the state to produce the BHO.”

At the Scio location, Carter said two men, George Nelson, 42, and Jeremiah Hart, 42, were arrested on suspicion of illegally manufacturing and having marijuana. He said Hart also had ecstasy.

Three other people were cited for frequenting the location and released, according to police.

“The (lab) in Scio was actually completing a process when the search warrant was executed,” Carter said.

Around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, carter said officers paid a visit to Rose’s house on the 2700 block of Marshall Drive in Corvallis.

There he said they found another lab and three 55-gallon drums worth of marijuana.

Carter said Rose was linked with both operations.

“The property in Scio belongs to him,” Carter explained. “And so he owns the property and knew of the people that were on that property manufacturing BHO.”

At the Scio location, Carter said officers found 6.5 pounds of finished butane hash oil product with a street value of about $115,000.

“We’re trying to close the loop on exactly where it was being distributed at,” Carter said. “We know from the investigation it was illegally being sold by people and we also have indications that we’re following up on that it was also being sold to marijuana dispensaries in the Willamette Valley.”

A spokesman for Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital told KATU due to his arrest Rose is suspended from his job as an ER doctor pending further investigation. The CEO of the hospital said Rose has worked there for 13 years.

A deputy at the Linn County jail said Rose posted $111,500 bail on Tuesday and was released. He’s due in court on Sept. 6.

Below are the charges faced by those arrested in the raids:

– Nelson was booked on manufacturing marijuana, delivering marijuana and possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana.

– Hart faces manufacturing marijuana, possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana and possession of ecstasy charges.

– Rose faces two counts of manufacturing marijuana, two counts of delivering marijuana and two counts of possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana.

– Jennifer Marie Pechar, 40, of Scio, was cited for possession of methamphetamine and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.

– Kimberly Jeanet Wolf, 36, of Lebanon, was cited for frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.

– James Eugene Mobley, 33, of Lebanon was cited for frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.

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