Woodland man still at large after police raid his home

He’s being sought in meth investigation

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: July 21, 2011, 9:40 PM

 
photoTerry R. Olson, 52.

Cowlitz County police officers raided a home in Woodland early Wednesday morning in an investigation of methamphetamine trafficking and illegal gun possession, but the suspect they were looking for was gone.

As a result, officers are hoping anyone with information about Terry R. Olson, 52, will call the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at 360-577-3092 and select option 1.

Or call 911 and ask to be transferred to Cowlitz County 911.

Olson is white, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 225 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Members of the Lower Columbia SWAT Team entered the home at 2801 Lewis River Road about 6 a.m., said Sgt. Kevin Tate with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force.

In the second raid at that address in two years, officers had a search warrant to find Olson, who lives there. Officers have probable cause to arrest Olson on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possessing illegal weapons, Tate said.

Police didn’t find Olson on Wednesday but they did find crystal meth in the home, and they later seized some of the illegal stimulant, Tate said.

No functioning firearms were found, Tate said.

Detectives found high-tech surveillance equipment throughout the property, according to a task force flier.

“Terry Olson is known to have property in both Minnesota and Arkansas and may have already fled the area,” the flier says.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton @columbian.com.