Prineville man arrested for multiple drug charges
A Prineville man was arrested last week on Highway 26 for multiple drug charges.
According to authorities, during the last month, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit had been investigating 56-year-old Travis Perala for the ongoing sales of controlled substances in the tri-county area. On Thursday, July 15, Street Crimes detectives learned Perala was returning to the tri-county area with possible controlled substances in his possession.
Detectives saw Perala traveling on a 2016 Husqvarna MC eastbound on Highway 26 near Prineville. Perala was stopped near milepost 17. A Crook County Sheriff's Office K9, Jett, and his partner, Sgt. Mitch Madden, responded and K9 Jett alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the motorcycle Perala was operating.
A subsequent search of Perala's motorcycle revealed he was in possession of approximately 93 grams of methamphetamine (a commercial quantity), a digital scale and packaging material. Perala was also in possession of a .38 caliber handgun and a rifle.
Perala was taken into custody, charged with possession, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine and lodged in the Crook County Jail. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff's Office and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE).
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