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Illicit drug deaths up 20 percent in state
Statesman Journal

Oregon State Police had the most drug seizures in the agency’s history last year. But deaths caused by illicit drugs spiked during the same period, killing 240 people statewide.

The 2011 death toll from heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or a combination of them was up from 200 the year before, according to state statistics.

The dramatic increase in deaths tied to illegal drugs was reported Thursday by the state medical examiner, the same day state police reported a record-setting number of drug confiscations.

“The sharp rise in illicit drug deaths in just one year is...

Criminal Aliens in OR State Prisons, Feb. 1, 2012

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Inmate Population Profile dated February 1, 2012 DOC indicated there were 13,999 prisoners incarcerated in DOC’s 14 prisons.

Not included in DOC’s February 1st Inmate Population Profile was DOC data indicating there were 1,176 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in its prison system.

All 1,176 criminal aliens incarcerated on February 1st by DOC had United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detainers. The U.S. DHS–ICE is responsible for...

15 arrested in drug trafficking investigation
Corvallis Gazette Times

Fifteen people in the mid-Willamette Valley were arrested Tuesday in connection with a major drug trafficking investigation led by the state Department of Justice. Eleven of the 15 are being held in the Benton County Jail on charges that include racketeering, money laundering and other related drug charges.

Authorities said that the organization distributed as much as four pounds of meth and two pounds of heroin throughout the mid-valley on any given week.

“This is an organization that lived and survived and profited from these dangerous drugs,” Corvallis police Capt. Jon...

Illegal Alien Crime and Consequences to Citizens

The large numbers of criminal aliens in Oregon state prisons reflect the level of crimes committed by illegal aliens. This should be a major concern to the Governor and the State Legislature, at a time when budgets for vital services to citizens are being cut severely, and police and prison workers’ jobs are threatened.

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections Inmate Population Profile dated January 1, 2012, there were 13,937 prisoners incarcerated in Oregon state’s 14 prisons.

Not included in...

Officers seize $1 million worth of heroin
Anti-drug team finds the stash in two bags, arrests two suspects on a bus in the county
Mail Tribune

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement officers assisted Friday in what they are calling the largest heroin seizure ever in Southern Oregon.

MADGE assisted Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who learned that two suspects were carrying heroin on a commercial bus heading through Jackson County.

Officers entered the bus bound for Vancouver, Wash., and arrested two California residents and seized two large bags packed with 47 pounds of heroin, worth approximately $1 million.

"It is safe to say this is the most heroin seized in Southern Oregon at one time," MADGE...

ICE arrests man involved in 2007 Oregon City killing
ICE News Releases

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 25-year-old Mexican national linked to the killing of a Texas teen five years ago is facing deportation following his arrest Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

Gilberto Javier Arellano-Gamboa was turned over to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers following his release by the Oregon Department of Corrections. The custody transfer occurred after Arellano-Gamboa fulfilled a 50-month sentence imposed following his conviction for attempted first degree sexual abuse. Arellano-Bamboa will be held at the Northwest...

Two arrested in alleged heroin trafficking ring
Californians had more than a pound of heroin, half-pound of meth, guns, cash
Mail Tribune

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators arrested two Californians Tuesday who have been linked to a heroin trafficking ring.

The arrests yielded more than a pound of heroin, a half-pound of methamphetamine, two firearms and more than $20,000 in cash, Medford police Lt. Brett Johnson said.

"These suspects are involved in a drug trafficking organization and have made several trips to Southern Oregon to deliver heroin," Johnson said.

MADGE officers, working on intelligence gathered during a lengthy investigation, stopped a vehicle Tuesday in the 700 block of...

Police find nearly 6 lbs. of heroin in suspect's freezer
KATU.com News

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a Portland man on drug charges after discovering more than 5 pounds of heroin in his freezer.

Police said officers from the bureau’s drugs and vice division were following up on drug complaints in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Division Street on Jan. 13. Officers knocked on the door of 9230 SE Division and the person who answered granted them consent to search the home for drugs, police said.

Officers found 4.67 pounds of packaged heroin in the freezer, along with 1.1 pounds of individually packaged pieces of heroin.

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Previously Deported Alien Caught Transporting Methamphetamine Through Sherman County Sentenced to Serve 78 Months in Federal Prison
U.S Attorney's office - District of Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. – Guadalupe Navarro (a.k.a. “Mari Vasquez”), 50, of Tulare, California, was sentenced on January 20, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown to 78 months in prison, for methamphetamine trafficking and illegal re-entry after deportation.

On the evening of October 3, 2010, a Sherman County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped defendant’s vehicle for a traffic infraction. Defendant provided false identification, and deputies ultimately discovered her true identity and an outstanding warrant for her arrest. During a search of her vehicle, deputies seized one pound of...

Arrests shut down Gresham shoplifting rings
Thousands in stolen merchandise was sold through apartment 'storefronts'
PortlandTribune

Three Gresham residents are behind bars, accused of setting up stores in their apartments from which they sold thousands of dollars in stolen items at deep discounts.

The suspects, two of whom police arrested Thursday, face allegations of first-degree theft, money laundering, organized retail theft and first-degree aggravated theft. All three also are being held on U.S. immigration holds.

Gresham police seized nearly $47,000 worth of stolen merchandise from two apartments and a storage unit during their investigation, which began earlier this month in response to huge...

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