Suspicious tube closes Winston PD, found to be drug paraphernalia

WINSTON Ore. -- Officers closed down a two-block radius around the Winston City Hall Saturday morning after a suspicious device was brought to the Winston Police Department.

Officials said the device that was initially thought to be a pipe bomb turned out to be an extraction tube used for making hash oil out of marijuana.

Police responded to a report of a suspicious item at around 11:30 A.M. Saturday, when a plastic container was left below the ballot drop box outside of the Winston Police Department and City Hall building.

Officials closed off the nearby Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway (Hwy 42) as well as part of the Old Hwy 99.

Police told KPIC News the device was left at the police station by a man who recently purchased a storage unit. After looking inside the storage unit he found a suspicious item that he thought was drug paraphernalia. Officials said he dropped the container off at the Winston Police Department Saturday morning.

After initially thinking the plastic container had a pipe bomb inside, officers called out the state police bomb squad. The squad x-rayed the container and confirmed that it was an extraction tube.

The process of manufacturing of hash oil, a potent marijuana byproduct that is extracted with butane, has been linked to a number of explosions nationwide.

The bomb squad safely disposed of the tube after determining what it was.

Officials said they are still looking into the incident.