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Drug bust nets 14 suspects

Eight locations, including Madras, Culver


A drug trafficking organization was broken up on Oct. 3, when about 100 state and federal officers conducted an early morning raid at locations in Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook counties.

At about 6 a.m., Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team detectives, assisted by an estimated 19 law enforcement agencies from around the state, executed eight drug-related search warrants in Madras, Culver, Redmond, Tumalo and Bend.

Drug-related charges are pending for: Henry Adame-Sanchez, 35, of Madras; Bend residents Nicholas Katchia, 24, Teodoro Villagas Varela, 26, Jose Rodolfo Aguilar-Lopez, 26, Carolyn Orrell, 44, Justin Hamilton, 37, Angela Hammel, 29, Sarah Taylor, 25, Jason Prader, 39, Ronald Decker, 41, Heather Cordier, 24, and Justin Montoya, 30, and Teddy Hull, 51, of Crook County, and Cheryl Flarisee, 55, of Tumalo.

The local residences included one on Southwest Madison Street in Madras, and one on A Street in Culver.

In 2012, detectives assigned to the CODE team identified a large-scale drug trafficking organization that was operating throughout the Central Oregon region. The organization was responsible for the trafficking of significant quantities of methamphetamine for several years.

During the investigation, detectives were able to identify the leadership of the organization as well as the middle managers who were tasked with carrying out the manufacturing and trafficking of large amounts of methamphetamine.

Additionally, CODE detectives were able to identify several of the regular customers of the organization who were responsible for the lower level operations, which included the delivery of street-level quantities of methamphetamine.

Evidence seized during the executions of these warrants included, methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, scales, packaging material, cash, vehicles and 17 firearms from various locations, some of which were concealed in a manner to avoid discovery from law enforcement. Additional items located included a stolen cargo trailer, quad and vehicle engine.

Given the large scale of the operation, state and federal law enforcement officers from 19 different agencies across the state were brought in to assist in various capacities. The agencies included the Drug Enforcement Administration, Central Oregon Emergency Response Team, Oregon State Police, Madras, Bend, Prineville, Redmond, Warm Springs and Sunriver police departments, Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook County sheriffs' offices, Oregon State Police, Blue Mountain Narcotics Enforcement Team, U.S. Marshal Service,

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team, and the Oregon Army National Guard.



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