MADRAS, OR -- The U.S. Attorney’s Office is considering federal charges against two Madras men accused of trafficking drugs into Central Oregon from Mexico. On March 15, detectives with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, DEA, FBI, State Police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office simultaneously raided a home on Timothy Drive, in Culver, and an apartment on Jefferson Street, in Madras. Authorities say they found commercial amounts of counterfeit oxycodone pills, believed to contain fentanyl, along with cocaine, meth and multiple firearms.
Also March 15, CODE arrested 29-year-old Israel Serabia and 22-year-old Sebastian Norato. The case was forwarded to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland, and the two suspects were lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on several drug-related charges. The jail in Portland is where federal suspects are held.
CODE says the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
file photo: fentanyl pills