Police arrest man with 3 kilos of cocaine, seize $11,000

HILLSDALE — On April 16 at approximately 11 p.m., Portland police officers assigned to the drugs and vice division stopped a vehicle at Southwest Barbur and Terwilliger boulevards. During the course of the traffic stop, officers received consent from the driver to search the vehicle.

Officers discovered 1 kilo of powder cocaine in the vehicle and arrested the passenger, 37-year-old Worter Torriente-Vela of Vancouver, Wash. Officers then received consent from Torriente-Vela to search his home in Vancouver, where officers located an additional 2 kilos of powder cocaine and more than $11,000 in SUBMITTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Walter Torriente-Vela.

The drugs and money were seized as evidence and Torriente-Vela was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of delivery and possession of cocaine. Torriente-Vela was to be arraigned on April 18.

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information online at or call the drugs and vice division drug complaint hotline at 503-823-3784.

Commercial burglary

WEST PORTLAND PARK — On April 12 at approximately 6:20 a.m., Portland police officers were flagged down at 10075 SW Barbur Blvd. on the report of a burglary at Springdale Cleaners.

Officers contacted Peter Kim, the owner of Springdale Cleaners, who told police that he arrived for work to find a hole in an interior wall of his business. Officers checked the location, which is a complex of several businesses, and found that a total of four locations had been broken into.

Officers were able to determine that a suspect or suspects broke into a vacant business through a door, then broke through an interior wall to a neighboring business that appeared to be moving out, then through another wall to Springdale Cleaners, and finally through an unlocked interior door to Supercuts.

Investigators determined that an unknown amount of money was taken from Supercuts.

There was no surveillance video capturing the burglary.

There is no suspect information, and investigators are asking the public to assist by providing any information about the burglary to police.

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Possible cougar sighting reported

HOMESTEAD — On March 26 at approximately 2 p.m., Portland police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the area of Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road and 10th Avenue on the report of a cougar in the neighborhood.

Officers contacted the caller who reported seeing a large animal with a 2-foot curled tail behind a residence in the 3300 block of Southwest 10th Avenue. The caller and another person reported to police that they are hunters and are familiar with cougars. Officers checked the area but could not confirm the presence of a cougar.

The neighborhood where the possible cougar sighting occurred is directly above Oregon Health & Science University, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the Shriners Hospital for Children and the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. This neighborhood is next to Marquam Nature Park and not far from Washington Park.

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