Weapons, drugs seized from Woodburn home

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by By SCOTT BURTON, kgw.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 25 at 12:38 PM

MARION COUNTY, Ore. - "There were weapons everywhere. Very easy access. Stacks in one corner. There were 15 to 20 guns. Marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, crack cocaine," said Marion County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lt. Sheila Lorance.

A den of drugs and high powered weapons, all within the reach of two young children.

This is the home of 44-year old Mark Unger, real estate agent turned reputed drug dealer.

"We've seized over 75 guns at this point and they're still finding additional guns throughout the house," added Lorance.

The raid began early Friday morning. Granted permission to search the property, Marion County Sheriff's deputies quickly found a labyrinth of guns and narcotics.

"We found hidden areas where there was a gun safe and a completely hidden area of the house that you wouldn't even know was there."

Once a successful real estate agent and principal partner of Western Pacific Realty, friends say Unger spiraled into cocaine addiction. His home became a stockpile of weapons and drugs. Both were within the reach of his girlfriend's two young daughters - ages 11 and four.

"When I'd see the kids around all that stuff, the weapons, I'd speak my mind," says Bill Netherton.

Netherton knows the Unger property well. He worked on bulldozers there as recently as two months ago. The guns concerned him, especially around the 4-year-old.

"I did catch the little girl picking up a rifle and she wanted to show me and I told her, you can't play with that."

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, both children have been placed in the protective custody of the Department of Human Services.

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