12 arrested in major Oregon drug trafficking organization
Jun 11,2007 00:00 by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources

--Raids on ten Oregon locations result in a dozen arrests, seizure of meth, marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy, assault rifles and other firearms, grenades, body armor, and $100,000 cash--

SALEM, Ore. - On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, State, Local and Federal law enforcement agencies served several search warrants and made multiple arrests, culminating an extensive and lengthy investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine and the manufacture and distribution of marijuana throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

Operations conducted on June 6 and June 7 in Oregon as well as several other states resulted in 12 arrests, the seizure of the remnants of a large methamphetamine laboratory capable of producing up to 14 pounds of methamphetamine every three days, at least six assault rifles, numerous other firearms, two 40mm rifle grenades, one other explosive device, body armor,100 Ecstasy pills, 120 lbs of marijuana, nearly 8,000 marijuana plants, nine kilograms of cocaine, methamphetamine, thousands of marijuana seeds, nearly $100,000 in cash and over $100,000 in vehicles.

This lengthy investigation, which began as an investigation into the distribution of Methamphetamine as well as the manufacture and distribution of marijuana by a major drug trafficking organization, spanned numerous states throughout the U.S. as well as Mexico and involved dozens of law enforcement agencies. This Oregon-based organization was responsible for moving massive amounts of illegal narcotics across thousands of miles and two countries and laundering millions of dollars of currency. Over the entire course of the investigation, officers and agents seized over $936,000 in cash, over two pounds of methamphetamine, over 31 pounds of cocaine, over 235 pounds of marijuana and over 38,000 marijuana plants. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and seizures are anticipated. Total narcotics seizures thus far in this investigation are estimated to have a street value of over $246 million.

Search warrants were served at the following Salem/Keizer locations on June 6:
1934 Future Dr NE, Salem
664 Pinehurst St NE, Keizer
1548 Clay St NE, Salem
4540 Sparrow Ct NE, Salem
4605 Campbell Dr SE #104, Salem
4270 Cordon Rd NE, Salem
4952 Sunnyview Rd NE, Salem
4625 Silverton Rd NE, Salem-Storage Locker
El Campeseno Restaurant, 2360 Fairgrounds Rd NE, Salem
4967 Manning Dr NE, Salem

This investigation was an excellent example of intense cooperation, coordination and teamwork between State, Local and Federal law enforcement. Among the agencies involved in the investigation and service of arrest and search warrants were: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Salem PD, Keizer PD, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Marion County Meth Task Force, Portland PB, US Marshal's Office, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force, Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon HIDTA, Blue Mountain Narcotics Task Force (BENT), Washington County Narcotics Task Force (WIN), Regional Organized Crime Narcotics Agency (ROCN), Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force and the Clackamas County Special Investigations Unit. Specialized assistance was also received from the San Bernardino County California Sheriffs Office. Several other state and local law enforcement agencies from numerous other states were also involved in the investigation and service of search warrants in the case.