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An out-of-county alleged drug dealer was caught at a popular Powell fast-food restaurant

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Although almost immediately released from custody, 25-year-old Toren Paul Flom is nonetheless expected to return to court to face two drug-related charges, and two driving charges.Dealers of illicit drugs don't work regular retail hours, and apparently neither do Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Drug and Vice Division (DVD) officers. They arrested an apparent dealer of a party drug known as "Molly" – a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception of Saturday night revelers – at 7:24 a.m. early Sunday morning, July 15, on the north side of Powell Boulevard.

"The officers observed a 'suspect vehicle' parked in the lot of the Jack in the Box restaurant at 921 S.E. Powell Boulevard," Portland Police spokesperson Natasha Haunsperger told THE BEE. "When officers pulled into the parking lot, the suspect tried to flee the scene in his car."

Instead of escaping, however, the driver crashed into a police K-9 cruiser – with the officer and police dog still inside. "There were no injuries to the suspect, officers, or police canine, as a result of the crash," Haunsperger said, adding that the suspect was arrested without further incident.

Drug squad investigators found the illicit drug in the car. The narcotic, MDMA, is also known as "Molly", due to its chemical name – 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine.

This discovery led to a subsequent search warrant served at the suspect's residence in Gladstone, a couple blocks northeast of S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, off Glen Echo Avenue, on Howell Street.

There, the DVD investigators found and seized an additional 115 grams of MDMA, the estimated wholesale value of which is about $45,000 – and, Haunsperger noted, when packaged for retail sale, amounts to about 2.865 street dosage units.

Arrested was 25-year-old Toren Paul Flom, who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 11:46 a.m. that morning on charges of Delivery of MDMA, Possession of MDMA, Attempt Elude By Vehicle, and Reckless Driving.

Flom wasn't in jail for long; he was released later that same day "on his own recognizance".

Police spokesperson Haunsperger told THE BEE, "Community members wishing to provide information about large-scale drug trafficking or drug activity in their neighborhoods can file it online – www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30740

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