Meth, scales, paraphernalia, handgun seized

by: Submitted photo - Jeffrey Paxton

   The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team made its second drug arrest in just over a week in Jefferson County. Jeffrey Paxton, 42, of Crooked River Ranch, was arrested Dec. 19, on charges related to the sale of methamphetamine.
   According to Lt. Ken Mannix, because of safety concerns, the CODE detectives were assisted by the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office when they executed the drug-related search warrant at 6:45 a.m. at 12832 S.W. Wheat Grass Road in Crooked River Ranch.
   Detectives began the criminal investigation earlier in the year, and identified Paxton's involvement in the trafficking of methamphetamine in the tri-county region.
   During the execution of the warrant, Paxton was located inside the residence and taken into custody without incident.
   Evidence located and seized included user amounts of methamphetamine, scales, packaging material, drug records, paraphernalia and other evidence of the sales and manufacturing of methamphetamine.
   Additional items located included a handgun, which by Oregon state statue Paxton is not allowed to possess, as well as a stolen 1997 Ford pickup that had been disassembled to some degree and was parked on the property.
   Paxton was lodged at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
   The CODE Team is a multijurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program and the Madras, Bend, Redmond and Prineville police departments, Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook County sheriffs' offices, Oregon State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Warm Springs Police Department, Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook County district attorneys' offices, and the Oregon National Guard.
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