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Madras man arrested in drug raid Thursday lived in a home destroyed by fire Wednesday

PMG PHOTO: KIVA HANSON - A second raid occured at 668 Cedar Hill in Madras sbhortly after the first.

Law enforcement and fire investigators still aren't releasing key details about a Madras fire that occurred on Culver Highway Wednesday, Sept. 14 and two related drug raids that happened at two Madras addresses Thursday, Sept. 15.

Wednesday, Sept. 14 at about 3.45 a.m. fire broke out at a home on 1610 S.W. Culver Highway. A driver passing by reported the fire, which totally destroyed the home.

Then, Sept. 15 just moments after noon, officers from the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement task force raided 730 NE Lakeside Drive in Madras. PMG PHOTO: KIVA HANSON - SWAT and agents from across Central Oregon raided the home on 730 NE Lakeside Dr.

Officers approached the home in an armored vehicle, calling for all residents to come out with their hands up. Officers specifically loud-haled the name Alexzander Brown, who lists the burned home on Culver Highway as his residence in court documents.

Neighbors peeked out their windows to see what was going on.

"I'm not surprised," said one neighbor. "That house has had issues for a while. I'm surprised it took this long." Another neighbor said from activity he's observed he's long suspected the home to be a drug house.

Officers set off smoke grenades in the residence before entering to clear the property. They arrested one person at the Lakeside house. Hester Lynn Taylor, 39, was arrested on two outstanding warrants for burglary and assault.

Later the same day, two armored vehicles as well as many police and two drones staged outside a home at 668 Cedar Hill, searching for the same person, Alexzander Nielson Brown.

Police arrested Nielson Brown, 23, at the home on Cedar Hill on an outstanding Deschutes County warrant for possession of methamphetamine and detox of a controlled substance.

Joy Dee Smith, 22, was also arrested at the Cedar Hill home on an outstanding warrant for a driving under the influence of intoxicants and admitted fentanyl and methamphetamine detox. PMG PHOTO: KIVA HANSON - The house at 1610 Culver Highway As of Monday afternoon, Sept. 10, the Oregon State Fire Marshall was unable to determine the cause of the fire.

Jefferson County Fire & EMS responded reported large debris piles inhibited their response. Crews were able to prevent the fire from damaging nearby properties. After the fire was put out, hazmat teams and deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's office remained on scene.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team have declined to provide further details. Both the fire and raids are part of a dynamic, ongoing investigation.


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