REDMOND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit (SCU), Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and the Redmond Police Street Crimes Unit (SCU), executed a search warrant at a home on the 2300 block of SW Salmon Ave. Wednesday, following a long-term drug investigation.
Detectives received numerous tips from the community regarding suspicious drug-related activity, including reports of suspected drug trafficking and general quality of life complaints stemming from the suspected drug trafficking in their neighborhood.
Investigators say the primary resident, 39-year-old Thomas Cole Grubb, was selling methamphetamine from the home. Additionally, there had been several reported overdoses, and tips indicated counterfeit oxycodone (fentanyl) pills were being sold out of the house.
DCSO applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence. Investigators learned through the course of the investigation numerous people with significant criminal history frequented and resided at the house. Due to this information, the DCSO SWAT team was requested to execute the search warrant.
The SWAT team encountered eight people inside during the search warrant and detectives seized commercial quantities of methamphetamine and counterfeit oxycodone pills made of fentanyl.
Grubb was arrested and charged with Possession and Delivery of a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Zecheriah Newcomb, age 27, was arrested on a felony parole violation warrant.
While lodging Newcomb at the Jail, booking deputies say he had secreted counterfeit pills in a body cavity. He was subsequently charged with introducing contraband into a public safety facility.