Sheriff: Threat with cordless drill leads deputies to 17 lbs of pot

Sheriff: Threat with cordless drill leads deputies to 17 lbs of pot
Photo courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

WALDPORT, Ore. - A man accused of threatening his live-in girlfriend with a cordless drill faces drug charges after police found 17 pounds of marijuana in his home during a routine followup, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.

The investigation started just after 1 a.m. Thursday, January 23, with a report of a domestic disturbance in Waldport.

The investigation led deputies to believe Ian Deenihan, 27, had pushed his live-in girlfriend down and threatened her with a cordless drill, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies located Deenihan around noon near Port Dock Seven in Newport and arrested him on one count of menacing.

Later that afternoon, deputies returned to Deenihan's home for a routine followup.

There they found more than 17 pounds of marijuana along with a scale and packaging and cultivation supplies in an upstairs storage closet, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies charged Deenihan, who was still in custody at the Lincoln County Jail, with unlawful manufacture of marijuana; unlawful delivery of marijuana; and unlawful possession of marijuana.

His total bail was set at $350,000.

Deenihan remained jailed as of Monday morning, according to jail records.