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Sheriff Heckathorn calls it the biggest drug bust in Jefferson County history

PHOTO COURTESY JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  - Early morning drug raids at six locations in Culver and Madras broke a drug ring after months of investigation. Sheriff Marc Heckathorn says this is the biggest drug bust in Jefferson County History.

Several agencies joined to execute simultaneous search warrants Tuesday morning, June 14, at six properties in Culver and Madras.

Jefferson County Sheriff Marc Heckathorn says this was the culmination of a long-term Drug Trafficking Organization investigation and by all accounts is the biggest drug bust in Jefferson County History.

Drug agents, SWAT teams and support aircraft participated in the raids.

PMG PHOTO: PAT KRUIS - This home at 1735 Hilltop in North Madras was one of several homes the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team entered in Madras and Culver on executing simultaneous search warrants on Tuesday morning, June 14.

In Madras, neighbors saw two special tactics teams and a canine unit enter homes at 1703 and 1735 NE Hilltop Lane. One eyewitness, Kiya Rodin, said police appeared to arrest about eight people, two from the 1735 address and about six from the 1703 address. "You never know who your neighbors are," said Rodin.

PHOTO COURTESY JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Officer unloads an armful of marijuana confiscated at during an operation raiding six locations simultaneously in Madras and Culver.
Both properties have large warehouses. Neighbors had complained of skunk-like smells there.

Next door neighbor John Cummings said he saw nothing suspicious. "It's nice to be in such a peaceful setting. A big raid is unusual for Madras," he said. "It's nice to see law enforcement keeping Madras safe."

PHOTO COURTESY JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The raids on six properties in Culver and Madras was the culmination of months of investigation. The Jefferson County Sheriff calls this the largest drug bust in Jefferson County history.

A coordinated effort of agencies also raided homes in Culver on Southwest Ford Lane near South Adams and on Southwest Feather Drive near Southwest Jericho Lane. Elsewhere in Madras, warrants were served on Dover Lane near Highway 26, and on Southwest Bear Drive near the Culver Highway.

PHOTO COURTESY JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Agencies from around Central Oregon teamed up to what Sheriff Heckathorn says is the larges 'drug bust in Jefferson County history. SWAT details, canine with air support executed simultaneous search warrants at six location in Madras and Culver. Overseen by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement, the agencies involved included the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police and the US Department of Homeland Security. Search warrants are being executed and the investigation is active. More details will be released as they become available.


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