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Sisters Man Accused Of Trafficking Fentanyl

SISTERS, OR -- A Sisters man is accused of importing fentanyl pills from Portland and trafficking them around the High Desert. The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team arrested 46-year-old Paul Weston Friday morning, after a short investigation that began with community complaints.

After an overnight surveillance operation in the Portland area, CODE Detectives conducted a traffic stop on Highway 20 west, near milepost 96, pulling over Weston who was driving a pickup pulling a dump trailer. CODE Detectives and DCSO Deputies executed a search warrant, seizing a commercial quantity of fake pharmaceutical tablets made of fentanyl and a separate package of methamphetamine. At the same time, they say Weston was driving under the influence of a controlled substance. 

The greater Portland area is a central transshipment hub where illegal drugs from the southwest border are stored in local warehouses, storage units, and residential properties. The bulk shipments of drugs are usually broken down into smaller quantities and transported to other states or distributed to local dealers. In addition, the Portland area has an international airport, interstate highways, and bus and train lines that make it easy for shipments to be smuggled to other destinations around the pacific northwest.

Weston is charged with DUII-Drugs, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Fentanyl) and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. 

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