BEND, OR -- A Bend father was arrested on drug trafficking charges just before Christmas, leading to an outpouring of support for his three children from local businesses and detectives.
The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team developed information last week that 38-year-old Olen Grimes was involved in trafficking street-level quantities of methamphetamine in the Bend area. Detectives contacted Grimes at the Dairy Queen on S. Highway 97 on December 23. They say he tried to discard a small amount of drugs when he ran from police. He was quickly taken into custody and the drugs were recovered from a restaurant trash can.
At the time of Grimes' arrest inside, his 12-year-old son was in a parked car, just outside. According to CODE, Dairy Queen employees provided the boy with free ice cream during the investigation. Detectives later learned Grimes had two other children at home. All three kids were taken into protective custody and placed in the care of extended family. Food 4 Less in Bend donated a gift certificate to the family for a holiday meal, and CODE and Deschutes County Sheriff's detectives used personal funds and resources to purchase gifts, which were delivered by detectives to the family on Christmas Eve.
Grimes is charged with Possession and Distribution of Methamphetamine and Child Neglect in the First Degree. He's scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.