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Tualatin police arrest four in possible drug trafficking ring

Police suspect the narcotics were to be packaged and prepared in Tualatin for future sales

TUALATIN - Tualatin police have arrested four motel patrons on charges stemming from what they described as a 'significant drug trafficking operation.'

After responding to a call at Comfort Inn motel on Southwest Spring Street Wednesday afternoon, Tualatin police officers made contact with four individuals in the motel's parking lot.

From those individuals, police seized 51 grams of heroin worth an estimated $2,500, 4 ½ ounces of marijuana, $2,300 in cash and two baggies containing an unknown white substance, according to police reports.

The police say they believe that the narcotics were to be packaged and prepared in Tualatin for future sales.

Darlene Sturdevant, 48, of Beaverton and Leonard Baird, 53, of Portland, were both charged with unlawful possession of heroin and marijuana, unlawful delivery of heroin and marijuana, unlawful manufacture of heroin and marijuana, unlawful delivery of heroin and marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and unlawful manufacture of heroin and marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.

Police officers also found that Sturdevant had two outstanding warrants for similar charges.

Gail Cleveland, 52, of Salem was arrested for parole violations - being in contact with known drug users. Thomas Cleveland, 55, of Salem was cited and released for possession of marijuana.

The motel manager directed police officers to the four patrons, according to police reports.

The Tualatin Police Department encourages citizens and business owners to report suspicious activities and/or people to their local police and values the information they get from the community.