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

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Maxine Bernstein
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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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-scale poly-drug traffickers,'' Reese said....