Six adults arrested during marijuana bust
Close to Madras schoolsSix adults were arrested early on May 27, following an investigation into the sale of drugs in close proximity to Madras schools.
According to information from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, deputies and officers from the Madras and Warm Springs police department served a search warrant at an apartment at 374 S.E. Eighth St. in Madras at 7:15 a.m.
The search warrant was the result of a several week investigation involving the sales of marijuana within close proximity of Madras High School and Buff Elementary school, according to Detective Jason Erickson.
"Upon entry into the residence, deputies contacted six adults and five children," he noted. "It was later determined that all of the individuals were residing together at the residence."
Evidence seized during the search warrant execution included packaging material, digital scales, $1,612 in cash, and nearly one pound of processed marijuana most of which was packaged for sale.
Patrick S. Walker, 30, and Heather Walker, 24, were both arrested and charged with possession, manufacture and distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, frequenting a place where drugs are kept or sold, and four counts each of first-degree child neglect and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Jesse J. Richardson, 44, Cory J. Pendleton, 32, Renee Hollenbeak, 18, and Tim E. Walker, 25, were all arrested and charged with frequenting a place where drugs are kept or sold. Richardson was also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, and first-degree child neglect.
All six adults at the residence were transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where they were booked and lodged.
The Oregon Department of Human Services was contacted and facilitated the placement of the five children with family members in the Jefferson County area.
After the search warrant execution detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff's office contacted and arrested three juveniles who were part of the investigation leading up to the search warrant execution. They were cited for marijuana-related crimes and left in the custody of the Jefferson County Juvenile Community Justice Department.