Saturday, April 9th, at approximately 7:20 p.m., the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a backpack with suspicious contents located in the 400 block of North Sawyer Avenue in Cave Junction.
Local residents, who were walking by, found the backpack lying on the side of the road.
Deputy Cory Krauss responded and recognized the contents as liquid and dry chemicals that are typically associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Samples and photographs were taken of the chemicals, and a Hazardous Waste Clean-Up team was dispatched from Portland, OR.
Field testing performed by the Hazardous Waste Clean-Up team confirmed the presence of red phosphorus, acid and solvent chemicals. These chemicals are associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Anyone with information on the owner of this backpack or the circumstances in which it was dumped is asked to call our tip line at 541-474-5160.