Klamath Falls SWAT raid nets guns, drugs

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, June 11 2014 at 5:11 PM, Updated: Wed, June 11 2014 at 9:44 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- SWAT teams seize guns and drugs during an early morning raid at a Klamath Falls home.

The early morning raid on Gary Street woke up neighbor Kimberly Hamlin...

"I got woke up at four in the morning to what sounded like shotguns going off - 'boom boom boom' all over the neighborhood.  Loudspeakers tell you, 'Come out, we have guns' - and the street just lined up."

Trooper Scott Sheldon of the Oregon State Police says the warrant was served at the home of 31 year old Colton Destry Rich...

"When SWAT arrived, Mr. Rich barricaded himself in his residence, and possibly destroyed some evidence."

That standoff lasted a little over an hour.

Police say Rich tried to dig a hole in the floor of his mobile home to escape...police then fired gas into the home.

"I saw them bring Colton out - he looked hurt."  Says Kimberly Hamlin.  "And then after that, they went in with masks."

Police say they found 23 guns inside, at least 5 of them were stolen.

Officers also seized methamphetamine, marijuana, and a suspected stolen motorcycle.

Rich faces multiple drug and theft charges...no additional arrests are expected at this time.

State Police say the raid and warrant service were triggered by citizen complaints about possible drug trafficking in the area.

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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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