Local ties to drug arrests in Bend

Culver, Metolius men

by: Submitted photo - Antonion Rico Sanchez

Two Bend grocery stores and a residence in Culver were the settings for the arrests of three suspects in drug trafficking operations in Central Oregon on July 28.
   Detectives with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team simultaneously executed search warrants at Rico's Groceries on Northeast Third Street in Bend, Rico's Market on Northeast Burnside in Bend, and at a residence on Meadow View Drive in Culver at around 9 a.m.
   "This was the result of a lengthy investigation by detectives with the CODE team into the trafficking of large quantities of narcotics, more specifically methamphetamine, in the Central Oregon region," noted Lt. Ken Mannix.
   Evidence seized at the three locations included about two pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value estimated at $40,000, drug records, a handgun, cash, and related paraphernalia.
   Antonio Rico Sanchez, 46, of Bend, Francisco Camacho, 29, of Culver, and Elio Diaz Diaz, 36, of Metolius, were all arrested and charged with unlawful delivery of methamphetamine. Sanchez was also charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.
   The three men were lodged in the Deschutes County Correctional Facility in Bend.
   A multijurisdictional narcotics task force, the CODE team is supported by the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, the Madras, Bend, Redmond and Prineville police departments, the Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook County sheriffs' offices, the Oregon State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, the Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook County district attorneys, and the Oregon National Guard.