Police seize guns, drugs, cash after investigation
In a Tuesday morning raid, law enforcement agencies broke up a large-scale drug trafficking organization intended to move narcotics into Portland after stashing them in locations from Gresham to Aloha.
Police served search warrants around 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at several homes, seizing guns, drugs and cash. In total, 55 pounds of methamphetamine, 9 pounds of heroin, six handguns, two assault rifles and nearly $230,000 in cash were found. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be more than $1 million.
"It was a lot of hard work, but it paid off," said Gresham Police Detective Michael Webb. "Getting that amount of drugs off the street is going to make a huge impact."
The Gresham Police Department's Special Enforcement Team had identified the drug organization through a three-month investigation. With assistance from other police departments and federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigations, the operation was a success.
Four people arrested in connection to the case will likely face charges.
Francisco Poncho Alvarez, 48, Portland, is accused of delivery of a controlled substance. Ulises Mayares Jr., 24, Portland, faces accusations of delivery a controlled substance, possession a controlled substance and manufacturing a controlled substance. Marbello Modesto Guzman, 25, Portland, is accused of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing a controlled substance.
Carlos Ortega-Estrella, 33, Aloha, was arrested on an outstanding warrant unrelated to the case and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He also faces charges of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing of a controlled substance.