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Prineville Woman Arrested in Fentanyl Drug Sting

A Prineville woman has been arrested in a fentanyl sting operation. On March 13th, 2022, 26 year old Bryanna Nelson of Prineville was stopped on Highway 26 between Madras and Prineville. She was charged with importing fentanyl pills from the Portland area into Central Oregon after a search of her Nissan Rouge uncovered a commercial quantity of counterfeit Oxycodone tablets made of fentanyl. A large amount of currency was also seized in the arrest. A male passenger was questioned and released. A toddler in the vehicle was handed over to Oregon DHS-Child Welfare. Nelson’s arrest comes at the conclusion of a long-term investigation by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team and follows a multi-day surveillance operation throughout the metropolitan Portland area. Nelson is lodged in the Crook County Sheriff’s Jail. She faces multiple drug related charges, and one count of child neglect. A recent surge of fentanyl in the region has been linked to an ongoing overdose epidemic in Central Oregon.



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