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Drug arrest nets meth, cash


   A Madras man, Alejandro Ortiz-Diaz, 34, was arrested on drug charges Dec. 12, after detectives from the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team observed him conducting drug transactions at the Redmond Wal-Mart parking lot.
   After receiving information that delivery of a large amount of methamphetamine was going to take place in Redmond, CODE Team detectives set up surveillance areas.
   At 7:15 p.m., Dec. 12, Ortiz-Diaz was seen walking to and from the parking lot of the Motel 8, next to Wal-Mart in Redmond.
   The detectives confronted Ortiz-Diaz and found over half a pound of meth hidden in an inside pocket of his coat, $1,092 in U.S. currency, and $6,420 in Mexican pesos ($600 U.S.).
   Arrest records on Ortiz-Diaz also indicated that he has been arrested in the states of Georgia and California, under alias names, for trafficking in narcotics.
   He was lodged in the Deschutes County Adult Correctional Facility on charges of possession, manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine.
   During the operation, other individuals were contacted and vehicles searched, with additional quantities of meth seized. No arrests were made in theses seizures and the investigation is continuing.
   The meth seized from Ortiz-Diaz and others had a street level resale value of more than $32,000, which is enough to provide user dosage for over 640 meth-addicted people, according to the CODE report.