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Hillsboro man, 25, arrested after firing 5 shots skyward during argument, police say
OregonLive.com

A 25-year-old Hillsboro man was arrested Saturday night after he got into a fight with his girlfriend and fired five shots skyward, police said.

Braulio Navarro-Falcon was engaged in the argument...

During the verbal altercation, Navarro-Falcon pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his pocket and fired the weapon five times into the air, Rouches said....

No one was injured during the incident, Rouches said.

Navarro-Falcon was taken into custody on accusations of unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, Rouches said. He was lodged in the...

Portland police chief defends work of the bureau's Drugs and Vice Division before city council
OregonLive.com

Commissioner Steve Novick on Tuesday pointedly questioned the city's police chief, asking how Portland is benefiting from its nearly $ 4 million investment in the Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division.

If enforcement isn't reducing drug use, Novick asked, "What are we getting for our $4 million? ...

The division works to disrupt mid- to high-level drug traffickers through arrests, seizures of drugs and drug proceeds...

In recent years, drug cartels based in Mexico have come to control the heroin, cocaine and meth trades in Portland...

"These are large-...

Meth in lip balm tube, food container leads to arrests of Hillsboro men, police say
OregonLive.com

....A Hillsboro officer stopped a Dodge Stratus about 10 p.m....

The officer searched the driver, Israel Garcia-Barragan, 39, of Hillsboro, and found a hollowed out lip balm container that had meth inside, Rouches said. The officer then searched the car and found a handgun under a seat, a baggie with six ounces of meth inside a food container and a scale thought to be used for weighing the drugs, according to Rouches.

Garcia-Barragan and his passenger, Marcos Gambino-Arroyo, 27, of Hillsboro, were both arrested...
 

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Florida men caught with over 100 counterfeit credit cards linked to Portland-area thefts, police say
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Two Florida men are facing aggravated identity theft charges after Beaverton police say they were found with more than 100 counterfeit credit cards and other items used to hit several Portland area retailers.

Raul Alejandro Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 26, of Miami, and Yasser Ramon Hernandez, 28, of Miami, were arrested at the Portland International Airport...

...The duo allegedly targeted stores including Nordstrom, Staples, Office Depot, Toys R' Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sears, JC Penney and TJ Maxx...

Gonzalez-Rodriguez admitted to using the...

Sex convict faces deportation
An Australian man pleads guilty to using the Internet to lure a Sweet Home teen into a sexual relationship
The Register Guard

An Australian man is being deported back to his home country after pleading guilty Monday to using the Internet to lure a Sweet Home teenager into a sexual relationship.

Rowan Thomson-Sapstead was sentenced to time already served in the case and will be turned over to immigration authorities for deportation. He entered a plea in U.S. District Court in Eugene to a charge of using a computer to transmit obscene communications to a minor.

Police in Linn County arrested Thomson-Sapstead, 31, in January. According to police, he arrived in Sweet Home in December from Canada, where...

Man pleads guilty to involvement in deadly James Street fight
Woodburn Independent

A 31-year-old man linked to the August 2013 murder on James Street in Woodburn has pleaded guilty to attempted assault in the second degree.

Juan Torres-Santizo, who was originally facing charges of attempted murder, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment with three years of post-prison supervision by Judge Dale Penn Tuesday for his involvement in a fight with Antonio Segundo, who was unharmed.

However, the Aug. 4 fight at the Victorian Apartments did result in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Juan Bravo Luna, and Mateo Torres-Morales is charged with his murder. The...

Heroin trafficker who prosecutors say supplied heroin that killed Portland woman gets 20-year sentence
OregonLive.com

A federal jury in June was unable to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Samuel Navarrette-Aguilar supplied the heroin that killed a 22-year-old Portland mother who overdosed in 2012.

But the federal judge who presided over the so-called “Len Bias” case said Tuesday that the evidence was strong enough to factor into the sentence for the 41-year-old, who was still found guilty of a lesser offense as well as two other drug crimes. U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez sentenced Navarrette-Aguilar, a Mexican citizen living in Hubbard, to 20 years in prison on each charge. The terms...

Sherwood man may be deported because of conviction for attempted sexual abuse of a child
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A Sherwood man who was a star on a Vancouver soccer team has been taken into custody and may be deported because he’s been convicted of first-degree attempted sexual abuse of a child under 14...

The agency is seeking to send Patino-Cardena to Mexico....

He will be held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma pending the outcome of his case.

He played with Vancouver’s Spartans Futbol Club.

 

Police find $300,000 worth of drugs in bus luggage
One man linked to bag arrested; a second bag containing heroin and meth goes unclaimed
Mail Tribune

Medford police recently intercepted two travel bags packed with nearly $300,000 worth of heroin and methamphetamine on a commercial bus traveling through Central Point, authorities said.

Ivan Rojas-Hernandez, 29, of Salem, was arrested Friday on charges he was carrying one of the bags, but police are not certain to whom the other bag belongs, said Lt. Kevin Walruff of Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement.

Rojas-Hernandez was contacted by police while the bus was stopped at the Pilot Travel Center in Central Point at about 10:30 a.m. Friday. He voluntarily allowed police to...

Milwaukie man's heroin death leads police up supply chain to nab distributor
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Charly Michael Aguayo-Caro was once a mid-level manager at a thriving business...

One of Aguayo-Caro's customers sold Rael the dose that killed him...

Aguayo-Caro's also was charged with "distributing heroin resulting in death," commonly known as the "Len Bias law," named for a University of Maryland basketball player who died of a cocaine overdose in 1986....

Aguayo-Caro and other Mexican immigrants from Xalisco in the Pacific Coast state of Nayarit, perfected the system that operated in Oregon and several other states. The heroin business was detailed in a 2010...

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