Arrest Madras man

by: Submitted photo - Adam Kory Merritt

Detectives with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team arrested a Madras man Dec. 11, and seized more than half a pound of methamphetamine.
   Adam Kory Merritt, 29, was contacted by detectives as he sat in his vehicle at the Towne Pump gas station in Madras around 4:30 p.m.
   "Merritt had been the subject of a short-term narcotics investigation by the CODE team into the illegal trafficking of large quantities of methamphetamine throughout the tri-county region, more specifically the Jefferson County area," according to Lt. Ken Mannix, of the CODE Team.
   Detectives took Merritt into custody without incident. During a subsequent search of his vehicle, they located approximately 1.8 ounces of methamphetamine, a scale, and a loaded handgun that was concealed under the driver's seat of the vehicle. Merritt, a convicted felon, is not allowed to possess a firearm under Oregon law.
   Acting on information developed during the investigation, the detectives, with assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, then executed a search warrant at Merritt's residence in Madras, at 6:30 p.m.
   During a search of the residence, they located approximately 7 ounces of methamphetamine, packaging material, a firearm, cash, and other evidence of the sale and distribution of methamphetamine.
   Seized in the investigation was a total of 8.8 ounces of methamphetamine, which has a street value of approximately $13,000.
   Merritt was lodged at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on the charges of unlawful possession, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine, and felon in possession of firearm.
   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, Prineville and Warm Springs police departments, Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook County sheriff's offices, Oregon State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook County district attorneys, and the Oregon National Guard.
   The Oregon HIDTA program is a National Drug Control Policy-sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multistate and international drug trafficking organizations.
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