A months-long investigation in East Multnomah County led to an arrest and seizure of drugs, machine guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
On Monday, June 14, Multnomah County Deputies took 42-year-old Leroy Sahm into custody without incident. He faces charges of 10 counts of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a machine gun and unlawful delivery of methamphetamine. More charges are likely to be filed.
The Sheriff's Dangerous Drug Team executed a pair of search warrants at two locations, including a home where Sahm lived in near Northeast 192nd Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street in Gresham. The arrest was made at a nearby convenience store.
"This arrest sends a message to those committing these kinds of crimes, that we take these investigations seriously," said Sgt. Matt Ferguson. "This is part of our overarching response to gun violence in the community."
According to deputies, Sahm was allegedly trying to discard drugs by emptying plastic packages from his pockets while in custody. Sahm later told deputies the bags contained blue-colored "M30" fentanyl pills.
Searches at his home and a storage unit uncovered more than 1,000 grams of meth, drug packaging material, more than $500 in cash, more than 500 Fentanyl pills, and 44 firearms — including two machine guns.
The machine guns were a Browning M19 and a U.S. Government 1919, both military-grade weapons.
Deputies also discovered more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition, including high-capacity magazines, drums and belts. The drugs are estimated to have a street value of $20,000.
According to deputies, Sahm admitted to being involved with a gang.
"MCSO is committed to the safety of our community and will use all available resources to reduce gun violence in the jurisdictions where we provide service," said Sheriff Mike Reese.
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