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Neighborhood Investigation Leads To Five Charged, One On The Lam

BEND, OR -- Five people face criminal charges after a Police investigation into possible drug activity in a southeast Bend neighborhood. Bend PD says the investigation started in January, with complaints from neighbors near Jewell Elementary.

On Saturday, they arrested 52-year-old Joseph Sanchez and 51-year-old Christopher Drake at a house on Nisika Court, across the street from the school. They're both accused of "frequenting a place where controlled substances are used" and other charges.

Officers also suspected criminal activity at a nearby home on Foxborough Lane. With help from CERT, they executed a search warrant Monday. They arrested 25-year-old Chelsea Kelly for frequenting a place where drugs are used and 36-year-old Clayton Kirkey for being a felon in possession of a firearm, meth possession and other charges. Hayden Liapes, age 29, was cited for frequenting a place where drugs are used. Another suspect, 27-year-old Eric Kelly has not been found.

Investigators says a handgun, pepperball gun and numerous stolen items were seized during the search. Additional charges are anticipated as the investigation continues.

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