Police seize 2 kilos of cocaine during Gresham drug bust

All three suspects held in jail on immigration holds

Portland drug and vice detectives seized half a pound of heroin and 2 kilos of cocaine from a Gresham apartment that was home to two small children.

Officers issued a warrant at the apartment in the 2400 block of Northeast Red Sunset Drive at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, and arrested three people, said Officer Catherine Kent, spokeswoman for the Portland Police Bureau.

All three suspects are being held at the Justice Center Jail on no-bail immigration holds. They include:

• Christian Cayatano, 21, who faces charges of endangering the welfare of minors, as well as unlawful delivery of cocaine and heroin.

• Conrado Adame-Mercado, 31, who faces unlawful delivery and possession of cocaine and heroin charges.

• Luis Navarro-Deharo, 51, who faces a charge of unlawful delivery of cocaine.

The case started with reports of unusual activity at the apartment and led to an investigation, Kent said. On Thursday, armed with a warrant, officers entered the apartment and discovered nine people, seven of whom lived there.

Among the seven residents were two of Cayatano's children, ages 2 and 3, and their mother, who police do not believe is involved with the drug activity in the apartment.

Also, of the two people contacted who didn't live in the apartment, one was there to deliver drugs, Kent said.

Officers seized the cocaine and heroin, as well as $15,000 in cash that was scattered all over the apartment.

'The quantity (of drugs) they had there are indicative that they were defiantly distributing the drugs,' Kent said. 'It is a lot.'

The street value of both illegal substances tops $70,000.

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