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Gresham man arrested after allegedly bringing baby along on heroin deals

Ryan Dean Kumm faces 15 charges including child neglect
by: Contributed photo Ryan Dean Kumm

A Gresham man is being held on more than a quarter of a million dollars bail after allegedly bringing his baby with him to sell drugs to clients in East Multnomah County.

Ryan Dean Kumm, 24, of Gresham faces 15 counts including child neglect, endangering the welfare of a child, heroin delivery and possession, delivering heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He is being held on $350,000 bail at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail.

Gresham police arrested Kumm on Thursday, Sept. 29, after undercover agents monitored five drug deals since late August, according to court documents. During four of the deals, Kumm reportedly brought his girlfriend, Kristen Upham, and their 17-month-old baby along.

In one instance, the man wheeled his baby in a stroller during the transaction. During the deal leading to his arrest last week, he arrived at a pizza parlor parking lot carrying his baby, who he handed to his girlfriend before allegedly selling the drug to an informant.

Kumm met his clients in a grocery store parking lot and a drug store parking lot, both at Northeast 181st Avenue and Glisan Street, as well as a parking lot near Southeast 148th Avenue and Division Street.

Following his arrest, Kumm reportedly told detectives he gets 20 to 24 grams of heroin a day from his supplier. After taking 3 grams for his own daily habit, he sells the rest.

Detectives searched his apartment in the 17900 block of Northeast Oregon Street and reportedly seized two loaded guns from a safe and 6 grams of heroin plus packaging material from the bedroom.

Kumm was convicted in 2006 for felony first-degree burglary.