More than two dozen individuals were taken into custody in Oregon on Jan. 15 when law enforcement personnel executed search warrants in Crabtree. Deputies were supported by SWAT teams during the two operations according to media reports. Nine women and 16 men face charges including weapons possession, drug possession and distribution, and frequenting locations where controlled substances are used. The owner of one of the properties searched was among those charged. Most of the suspects were transported to the Linn County Jail.
The first of the two search warrants was executed at the site of a home and several trailers and motor homes on Hungry Hill Drive. Deputies apprehended 12 men and four women during the operation. A search of the area allegedly led to the discovery of unspecified amounts of methamphetamine and heroin along with drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed number of firearms. Deputies say that one of the guns recovered had been reported stolen in Marion County.
The second search warrant was executed at a home on Crabtree Drive. The search is said to have yielded an undisclosed quantity of methamphetamine, several items of drug paraphernalia and four firearms. Deputies arrested four men and one woman. A LCSO representative said that the investigation is ongoing and further charges could be filed in the coming days and weeks. The individuals taken into custody range from 25 to 62 years of age.
Individuals who face narcotics charges often feel that they have little choice but to cooperate when police discover drugs during a search, but experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise them to remain silent and ask for a lawyer. This is because items found during a search may be excluded in criminal cases even when a warrant was issued if police strayed beyond the scope of the warrant or obtained permission to conduct a search based on questionable probable cause.