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The operation started Dec. 29 and involved five properties in the Aloha and Hillsboro areas.

COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Fifteen mug shots of the suspects arrested in connection with an inter-agency operation were released. A 16th suspect, arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, is a juvenile.Sixteen people have been arrested in the past six days in what the Washington County Sheriff's Office is calling "a proactive enhanced patrol mission" surrounding five properties in Aloha and Hillsboro, the agency announced Thursday, Jan. 4.

The Sheriff's Office and the Hillsboro Police Department partnered for the operation after logging "many reports concerning possible criminal activity" at addresses in the 19500 block of Southwest Blaine Street, the 3800 block of Southwest Morganfield Terrace and the 18500 block of Southwest Ping Court in Aloha and the 2900 block of Southwest Cornelius Pass Road and the 21500 block of Northwest Nicholas Court in Hillsboro, the Sheriff's Office said.

Fourteen people were arrested overnight in connection with the patrol mission at the five locations after it began Friday, Dec. 29, including a juvenile in possession of a modified rifle, according to the Sheriff's Office. Two more were arrested Thursday morning as deputies served a related search warrant at the Blaine Street location. Stolen property — including a car — and drugs were seized in Thursday's search.

Seventeen people were reportedly detained in December in a raid at the same Ping Court "nuisance house" where sheriff's deputies and police officers were active last Friday.

The Sheriff's Office and Hillsboro Police Department were assisted by two K-9 teams, as well as the Westside Inter-Agency Narcotics and Inter-Agency Gang Enforcement teams.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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