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CODE arrests two for meth

In Safeway parking lot

   Detectives arrested two California residents and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine last week in the Madras Safeway parking lot.
   On Thursday, July 19, at about 9:30 p.m., detectives assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team arrested Daniel Silva-Ortiz, 24, of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Juan Jacobo-Lopez, 29, of Concord, Calif., for unlawful possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine.
   "The arrest of these individuals concluded a short-term narcotics investigation by the CODE Team into the illegal distribution of methamphetamine in the Central Oregon region, more specifically the Jefferson County area," noted Lt. Ken Mannix.
   "This investigation revealed that Silva-Ortiz and Jacobo-Lopez had traveled to the Jefferson County area with a large amount of methamphetamine with the intention of selling it for profit," Mannix said. "Utilizing various investigative techniques, CODE Team detectives were able to locate, identify and monitor the listed individuals as well as the vehicle that they were operating."
   At the time of their arrest, detectives located and seized approximately three-quarters of a pound of methamphetamine, with a street value of $16,000, which was concealed inside their vehicle, $14,500 in cash, which is believed to be proceeds from the sale of drugs, and other evidence of the sales and distribution of methamphetamine.
   Silva-Ortiz and Jacobo-Lopez were lodged at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. There is an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold on both men, who are suspected of being illegal immigrants.
   The CODE team is a multijurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Madras, Bend, Redmond and Prineville police departments, the Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook County sheriff's offices, Oregon State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook County district attorney's offices, and the Oregon National Guard.
   The Oregon HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy-sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multiagency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multistate and international drug trafficking organizations.