A big drug bust nets over a million dollars of drugs - but no arrests.
Acting on information received from California Law Enforcement -Wednesday afternoon - the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (code) and other officers stopped a Frontera del Norte commercial bus on U-S 97 near O'Neil junction.
Lt. Ken Mannix with "CODE" says the search of the bus finds two pieces of luggage: one containing almost 151/2 pounds of meth worth $300,000 and the other has almost 81/2 pounds of heroin, worth about $820,000.
CODE officials say this seizure is a significant disruption to drug trafficking in Central Oregon.
Below is the report from the CODE team:
Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team
Date: January 31, 2013
Date & Time of Incident: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 @ 1215 hrs.
Type of Incident: Drug Seizure
Location of Incident: U.S. Hwy 97 @ O’Neil Junction (Redmond, OR)
On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at approximately 1215 hrs. Detectives assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team, along with assistance from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Redmond Police Department, stopped a Frontera Del Norte commercial bus line on U.S. Hwy 97 near O’Neil Junction.
Prior to the stop, Detectives had received information there was a male on board and this male had eluded California Law Enforcement during an earlier stop of the same bus. The male was not located by California Law Enforcement.
During the stop in Redmond, Oregon, Detectives with the CODE team contacted and spoke with several individuals aboard the bus. As the investigation continued, a drug detection K-9 dog from the Redmond Police Department was requested. A subsequent search of various luggage items aboard the bus was conducted. Items located and seized during the search included approximately 15.4 pounds of methamphetamine, which carries a street value of approximately $300,000, and approximately 8.3 pounds of heroin, which carries a street value of approximately $820,000. Detectives discovered that these items were being transported in two separate pieces of luggage and packaged in a manner to avoid a drug detection dog from alerting on the presence of the narcotics located in the luggage.
This is an active and on-going investigation by the CODE team and no arrests have been made at this time. The seizure of approximately 23 pounds of narcotics, which carries a street value of over one million dollars, will result in a significant disruption to the drug trafficking organization responsible for it as well as disrupt the flow of narcotics into the Central Oregon region.
The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney’s, and the Oregon National Guard.
The Oregon HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.