Arrest next to high school yields scales, pot and pills

Twenty-year-old charged with attempting to sell
by: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Shawn Herring

Oregon City police officers arrested Shawn Herring, 20, waiting outside of a school on Nov. 1 after finding scales, various drugs and packaging material in his backpack.

OCPD Officer Sean Ellis was dispatched to the Jackson Campus of the Oregon City High School on 12th Street around 2:12 p.m., to a reportedly suspicious person, described as an approximately 25-year-old man with a backpack.

Ellis said he found Herring sitting on a retaining wall next to the school. Ellis noted Herring was acting 'very nervous and fidgety' while telling the police officer that he was waiting for his 18-year-old girlfriend, who is a student at the high school.

Herring is on post-prison supervision for possession of methamphetamine. Ellis searched Herring's backpack and found two scales, marijuana, drug packaging material, oxycodone pills, hydrocodone pills, almost $400 cash and a marijuana pipe.

Police believe Herring possessed these drugs for the purpose of selling them. Herring is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, several counts of possession of a controlled substance and probation violations. His bail was set at $228,500.