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Drug Trafficking Organization Dismantled: 33 in CustodySalem-News.com
Police say that because of the magnitude of these investigations, they could not have been accomplished without the interagency cooperation at all levels.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - A lengthy investigation into Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations in Washington County culminated in arrests last week. This group was suspected of importing Methamphetamine, Cocaine and Heroin into the Portland-Metro area.
This was a joint investigation with the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN-), Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Due to interagency cooperation throughout the area, investigators were able to bring together all of the groups to take down one of largest state Racketeering cases in recent history. WIN has been working with many partners, including the FBI and ICE, during this investigation. During the investigation the WIN team, with the help of other state, local and federal agencies served warrants at 19 locations, 18 of which were in Washington County. They arrested 33 people connected with this organization.
In addition to the Washington County cases, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Portland Police Bureau wrapped up their portion of this investigation with another 11 arrests.
This operation was unique in the Washington County area in that the Oregon DOJ supplied attorneys and funding that allowed this crime organization to be dismantled and charged under the Oregon RICO statutes. For those who have been charged under RICO, if convicted, these statutes carry heavy penalties.
Critical sources of funding came through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), via the DEA, which supplies federal funding to drug task forces working on arresting members of drug trafficking organizations and funding through a federal program titled the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
The current drug trends throughout the United States are clear - Mexican cartels are controlling the majority of drugs coming into the US.
This importation is usually controlled by smaller local cells (Drug Trafficking Organizations) that are directly responsible for bringing illegal narcotics into the US and then distributing them throughout our communities.
Because of the magnitude of these investigations, they could not have been accomplished without the interagency cooperation at all levels. Below is a list of agencies that contributed at different levels during the course of the investigation or with resources during the service of warrants:
In addition to the arrests, seized throughout the course of the investigation were….
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