Officials in Oregon have reported that a police operation in Klamath County on Jan. 25 involving federal, state and local law enforcement agencies led to the discovery and seizure of approximately eight pounds of methamphetamine and the arrests of a 51-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman. They have both been charged with trafficking commercial quantities of a controlled substance and are being detained at the Klamath County Jail.
The events unfolded when Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team officers and detectives, Oregon State Police troopers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducted a traffic stop and executed a search warrant at Merrill Pit Road near Merrill. A Klamath Falls Police Department press release does not reveal what may have led law enforcement to suspect that the car was being used to transport illegal narcotics. The methamphetamine was allegedly found inside the vehicle.
The officers, detectives, troopers and agents then executed another search warrant at the couple’s Broad Street apartment in Klamath Falls. This search allegedly yielded additional unspecified quantities of methamphetamine as well as several items that allegedly reveal the property was the site of an operation that distributed large quantities of drugs in Klamath County. The KFPD says that it is still investigating the couple’s alleged activities and has set up an anonymous tip line so that members of the public can report relevant information.
When representing individuals who have been arrested during operations like this one, criminal defense attorneys may study police paperwork closely to ensure that search warrants were issued based on sound probable cause, and the officers involved did not exceed the scope of the warrant. When this scrutiny raises questions about the validity of the search, lawyers could seek to have the evidence discovered excluded and the drug charges against their clients dismissed.