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Police: Oregon man burns marijuana, meth in standoff with officers

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KLAMATH FALLS, OR (KPTV) -

A southern Oregon man is accused of starting a fire in an attempt to destroy his drugs before police could make their way into his mobile home.

Police executed a search warrant on the 1700 block of Gary Street in Klamath Falls at 4:10 a.m. Wednesday.

The man in the single-wide mobile home, Colton Rich, 31, barricaded himself inside for more than an hour. Investigators said he started a small fire to burn marijuana and also disposed of methamphetamine.

He then dug a hole in the floor of his mobile home and attempted to escape, detectives said. Oregon State Police SWAT members deployed gas into the home.

Police said Rich then ran away and was taken into custody after a short chase.

A search of the home led to the seizure of 23 guns, five of which had been reported stolen.

Investigators seized meth, marijuana and other evidence connected to the alleged distribution of controlled substances.

A Kawasaki motorcycle stolen from the Klamath Falls area was also recovered.

Rich was booked in the Klamath Falls Jail on charges of unlawful possession and delivery of marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as unlawful manufacture of marijuana. He also faces charges including theft and tampering with evidence.

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