Friday bust results in arrest of two local men
Jeff Lee Shetler, 53, was charged with unlawful possession and manufacture of methamphetamine, first-degree child neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and frequenting a place where drugs are sold, according to Sgt. Mitchell Meyer of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE).
Detectives from CODE, with help from the Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's Office and Prineville Police narcotics canine "Bo" executed the search warrant at Shetler's residence, which is 242 SE 5th St.
Both Shetler, and Ben Allan Strickland, 43, were present at the time of the search warrant execution.
Strickland was wanted on outstanding felony warrants out of Deschutes and Crook counties, according to Sgt. Meyer, and both men were arrested and lodged at the Crook County Jail.
Strickland was taken into custody and lodged on the outstanding felony warrants for the unlawful possession and manufacture of methamphetamine.
"Among the items seized as evidence from Mr. Shetler's residence was approximately 28 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, packaging material, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and almost $7,000 in suspected drug proceeds," Meyer said. "Further arrests are expected. The controlled substances from Mr. Shetler's residence have a street value of approximately $3,000."
On Monday afternoon, April 21, Crook County Corrections Deputy Robert Bowles said that Shetler's bail was set at $25,000, adding that he believed Shetler posted bail Monday. As for Strickland, his bail is $25,000 on drug charges.
"And it looks like he also had a probation violation and they remanded him on that," Bowles said.
Both Shetler and Strickland were arraigned on Monday and have a hearing scheduled for April 24 at 1:30 p.m., according to the Crook County District Attorney's Office.