Police arrest suspected meth dealer near Welches
Authorities say George Lee Gress has been prolific in the drug trade for years
A raid on a Wildwood home Thursday night, Oct. 12, resulted in the arrest of a man who police believe is a major player in the Mount Hood corridor's methamphetamine trade.
Members of the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force took George Lee Gress, 62, into custody after executing a search warrant at the man's secluded cabin in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Police say that Gress's name has been associated with the methamphetamine community in the Sandy/Mount Hood area for the better part of a decade.
"We recently developed enough information to solidify this investigation," said Deputy Brandon Claggett of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Police arrested Gress and four others during the nighttime raid. Investigators found meth paraphernalia, scales and plastic baggies with meth residue.
The Clackamas County Interagency Task Force, an anti-drug unit comprised of officers from various agencies, executed the raid without incident.
Authorities say that although a significant amount of meth was not located, arresting Gress deals a "major blow" to the methamphetamine culture on the mountain.
See the Oct. 18 edition of The Sandy Post for the full story.