BEND, OR -- A 31-year-old Bend man is accused of trafficking fentanyl inside the large encampment near China Hat Road, south of town. The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team concluded its investigation into Harley-Davidson Mann with his arrest Monday.
Detectives believe Mann imported drugs from the Portland area and distributed them in the China Hat Road camps. He was taken into custody during a traffic stop Monday evening, near China Hat and Sunset View Dr. Mann consented to a search of his gold Oldsmobile after a K9 alerted to the presence of drugs. CODE says they seized a commercial quantity of fake tablets made of fentanyl and separate packages of powdered fentanyl, along with a commercial quantity of cocaine and a large amount of cash.
According to a new state law passed in the 2023 legislative session, a "commercial quantity" of fentanyl is now 25 or more pills, or five grams or more. In a statement, CODE says it will "continue prioritizing and focusing on drug traffickers, violent crimes, weapons offenses, and fugitives within the homeless encampments around the central Oregon region."