Ashland man arrested on suspicion of making hallucinogen

An Ashland man was arrested today for allegedly manufacturing the intense hallucinogenic drug dimethyltryptamine, widely known as DMT, inside his rented Ashland guest house, authorities said.

Investigators remain on scene in the 500 block of Faith Avenue where 48-year-old Travis Thane Thompson allegedly put up a fight with officers serving a search warrant at his home, according to a press release from Medford police.

Thompson was arrested and lodged in Jackson County Jail on charges of manufacture, possession and delivery of DMT, delivery of DMT within 1,000 feet of a school, — that being nearby Siskiyou School — possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest, the press release said. Jail records indicate he is being held on $64,000 bail. (Correction: Bail amount has been corrected as jail records were updated.)

The press release states investigators also found marijuana and "honey oil," a refined oil containing only the hallucinogenic properties of marijuana.

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement, Ashland police, Rogue Area Drug Enforcement and Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section executed the search warrant.

An elderly woman and her daughter sub-lease their garage and small guest home to Thompson, police said.

Investigators are expecting the arrival of Oregon Emergency Response System personnel, the agency is tasked by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to clean drug laboratory sites, the press release said.

DMT is manufactured by processing bark or other plant material from one of several plants containing the psychoactive compound with chemicals such as ether, kerosene or muriatic acid, police said.

Dimethyltryptamine is typically the main active ingredient in the hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca, which is often used for divinatory purposes — originally by indigenous natives of the Amazon.

— Sam Wheeler

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