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Large meth, heroin bust includes Gresham arrest
Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies engaged in what the office is calling one of the largest drug raids in Oregon history on Wednesday, Feb. 22, when members of the sheriff's office Special Investigations Unit and Warrant Strike Team executed search warrants as a result of an ongoing heroin and methamphetamine investigation.
Warrants were served at an apartment at 1718 S.E. Orient Drive in Gresham and 4030 S.E. 104th Ave., Portland, where a suspect was renting a room from a family.
Investigators found and seized 90 to 100 pounds of methamphetamine, two pounds of heroin, one firearm and $29,677 in currency.
This constitutes one of the largest drug raids in the state of Oregon and the largest in Multnomah County Sheriff's Office history, according to a news release from the office. The street value of these drugs is well more than $2 million.
Deputies arrested Alfredo Narciso Pineda, 34, of Portland, Alejandro Lopez Gonzales, 25, of Gresham, and Celso Marroquin Benitez, 39, of Portland, on multiple charges related to the possession, distribution and manufacturing of methamphetamine and heroin.
"In our mission to help those working to find success in drug treatment, it is critical that we work to remove the supply of drugs coming into our community," said Sheriff Mike Reese. "Last night's successful mission made a significant impact in removing a large amount of methamphetamine from making it to the streets of our community."