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Thirty arrested in meth trafficking operation

COURTESY GRAPHIC - A map of where arrest warrants were served in the last two days after a year-long investigation of a methamphetamine trafficking ring.The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, working cooperatively with many agencies, has served 18 search warrants and arrested 30 individuals as part of a year-long methamphetamine investigation.

On Thursday Oct. 15, the Washington County Westside Interagency Narcotics (WIN) Team, along with federal, state and local agencies, executed a joint search and arrest warrant operation around the Portland metropolitan area, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began over a year ago and targeted a methamphetamine trafficking organization based in Washington County. Investigators believe the methamphetamine was transported from Mexico and distributed locally.

Investigators uncovered what they believe to be a large cockfighting operation at a property in the 21400 block of Southwest Farmington Road. During the search warrant on Oct. 15, investigators discovered over 1,600 chickens, most of which were used for cockfighting.

Investigators learned the drug-trafficking organization was widespread, affecting five counties in the metropolitan area. A total of 18 locations, including residential and commercial properties, were part of the investigation. Of these 18 locations, 12 search warrants were executed on Thursday, Oct. 15 and two additional warrants were served this morning. The other four warrants were served previously.

Sixty six people were investigated over the past year, of which 30 were arrested. During these search warrants and subsequent arrests, Department of Human Services (DHS) was consulted several times concerning children in hazardous environments.

Officials have recovered property from various locations including firearms and a $3,000 bicycle. During this investigation, officials also seized 19 firearms (two are confirmed stolen), over 26 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine, and approximately $90,000 in cash. Additional items pending seizure include vehicles and funds.


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