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DEA issues 20 drug-related warrants in Portland area

Drug dogs check cars at Burnside, 181st Avenue

Federal, state and local law enforcement are executing more than 20 search warrants throughout Oregon and Washington into a large federal drug investigation, officials said.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is conducting the investigation.

DEA Special Agent Jodie Underwood said law enforcement are still processing some of the locations, so she could not release specific locations or details about the warrants or investigation.

KOIN 6 News, a Community Newspapers media partner, has learned that members of the Gresham Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, Clark County Sheriff’s, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Westside Interagency Narcotics Team, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Wilsonville Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are all assisting with investigation.

Underwood said 13 people have been arrested and expected in federal court Wednesday afternoon. Investigators searched properties in Portland, Beaverton, Gresham, Underwood said. In Washington, locations were searched in Vancouver and Ridgefield.

KOIN 6 News has talked with neighbors at two of the locations and they describe hearing law enforcement using megaphones to order people out of the target home. Evidence at one of the homes suggests law enforcement had to breach the door to make entry.

Investigators at a Gresham location near East Burnside and Northeast 181st Avenue could be seeing using two drug K9's checking several vehicle and garages at a commercial property.

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