Drug, weapon case transferred to Eugene U.S. District Court
Madras resident Ronald Wayne Thrasher, 48, now faces a federal charge related to his arrest in May for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine.
Thrasher, who is lodged in the Lane County Jail, under a U.S. Marshal's Office hold, will appear in the U.S. District Court of Eugene Sept. 21, for a pretrial hearing on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of a stolen firearm. His trial is expected to begin Sept. 27.
Following an investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine in the region, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team learned that Thrasher was believed to be trafficking large quantities of the drug.
The CODE team notified local law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for a 2008 blue Pontiac Grand Am, which Thrasher was known to operate.
At around 7:46 p.m., on May 19, Oregon State Police spotted the vehicle on U.S. Highway 97, near Dover Lane, and stopped the vehicle, which was being operated by Talina Shantel Ortiz, aka Talina Shantel Vannorsdall, 43, of Prineville.
Thrasher was not in the vehicle; however, when he arrived at the same location in a separate vehicle, police, who had probable cause to believe he was involved with unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, took both into custody.
Thrasher, who was on supervised parole with the U.S. Probation Office for the District of Oregon following a lengthy prison sentence for felon in possession of a firearm, was charged with unlawful manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of a restricted weapon. He was lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.
Ortiz was also taken into custody on a Crook County warrant, as well as for unlawful manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine. She was also lodged in the JCCF.
In the Jefferson County Circuit Court on July 6, all local charges against Thrasher were dismissed, and he was turned over to federal custody to face the federal charges.
The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team is a multijurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program and Central Oregon law enforcement agencies.