BEND, OR -- Two men were arrested this week in connection with a June drug bust in Deschutes County. Detectives from the Street Crimes Unit say 41-year-old Jose Miguel Gomez is part of a network distributing fentanyl from a Honduran Drug Trafficking Organization from the Portland area. They believe he used drug runners from the Hunnell Road area of Bend.
The Sheriff’s Office seized more than 6,000 pills and half a pound of fentanyl powder from Gomez’s car, during a traffic stop last month. He was able to evade capture at the time, but a warrant allowed a search of the vehicle. But was taken into custody Monday when he returned to the area, along with 38-year-old Henry Oswaldo Duran, wanted for a parole violation. At the time of his arrest, DCSO says he had more powdered fentanyl and suspected meth.
It's the third Deschutes County drug investigation resulting in the arrest of Gomez in less than a year. In March, he pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and served three months in jail. He pleaded guilty to a similar charge in January. Gomez is due in court on these newest charges next month.