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6:30 P.M. UPDATE: BENT, state, feds arrest 4 in Pendleton drug raids

Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on May 17, 2017 5:13PM

Last changed on May 17, 2017 10:19PM

Jason Lybrand

Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office

Jason Lybrand

Bryson Thurman

Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office

Bryson Thurman

Cody Servi

Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office

Cody Servi

Michael Wayne Hamilton

Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office

Michael Wayne Hamilton


Three drugs raids Wednesday in Pendleton resulted in four arrests, including of downtown business owners Jason Lybrand and Bryson Thurman.

Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts in a written statement reported the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team served search warrants at 11 a.m. at Thur’s Smoke Shop, 34 S.W. Emigrant Ave., Wicked Kitty Tattoo and Piercing, 132 S. Main St, and a residence at 409 S.W. 11th St.

Lybrand, 46, owns Wicked Kitty. Police arrested him there on probation violations, according to Roberts.

Lybrand is serving three years probation after pleading guilty April 4 to one felony count of methamphetamine possession and a misdemeanor count of marijuana delivery. He told Umatilla County Circuit Court Judge Jon Lieuallen at the time the business was struggling to stay open.

Police at Thur’s Smoke Shop seized “substantial quantities of marijuana and marijuana extract (dabs) packaged for sale,” Roberts stated, and arrested owner Thurman, 28, and his employee, Cody K. Servi, 26, for delivery of controlled substances and unlawful possession of marijuana products.

And police at the home on 11th Street arrested Michael Hamilton, 27, for possession of controlled substances, delivery of controlled substances, endangering the welfare of a minor and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used. Roberts also said officers seized “quantities of illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia” at the home, which is one block from a day care center and less than three blocks from the Pendleton Early Learning Center.

An employee at Thur’s on Wednesday afternoon said the business was closed and a member of the Oregon State Police crime lab stood nearby, smiled and said nothing. The employee declined to comment about the police activity in the business, which smelled like marijuana.

Thur’s cannot legally sell the drug. The city planning commission on Thursday, May 25, will consider Thurman’s zoning application for a recreational marijuana business in Pendleton.

Circuit court records show Thurman in 2012 in Wasco County pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and careless driving and pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of intoxicants. The court dismissed the case in 2014 after Thurman completed a drug and alcohol treatment program.

Servi in 2015 faced a charge of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in Umatilla County, but court records show the state dismissed the case.

Roberts stated personnel from the Pendleton Police Department, Oregon State Police, Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration assisted the local anti-drug task force.

He added the investigations are ongoing and additional charges are likely, as are more arrests, after forensic testing and the district attorney’s office reviews the cases and presents them to a grand jury.

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Contact Phil Wright at pwright@eastoregonian.com or 541-966-0833.







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