Starting before sunrise and working late into the night Wednesday, Central Oregon drug agents broke up two unrelated methamphetamine trafficking operations, conducting raids in Crooked River Ranch and Terrebonne, and arrested three Terrebonne residents.
Around 6:45 a.m., detectives assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, assisted by the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies, executed a search warrant on a manufactured home at 12832 SW Wheat Grass Road in Crooked River Ranch, said Lt. Ken Mannix.
The investigation into Jeffrey Paxton, 42, of Terrebonne, began earlier this year, Mannix said, adding that detectives were able to identify him as being involved in meth trafficking in the Central Oregon region.
Due to “safety concerns identified during the investigation,” CODE requested the CERT team to lead the raid, Mannix said.
Paxton was found inside the home and arrested without incident, Mannix said. Evidence seized included user amounts of methamphetamine, scales, packaging material, drug records, paraphernalia and other evidence of meth sales and manufacturing, the lieutenant said.
Also found in the home was a handgun, which by state law Paxton, a felon, is not allowed to possession, as well as a stolen 1997 Ford pickup parked on the property that had been taken apart to some degree, Mannix said.
Paxton was lodged at the Jefferson County jail on charges of methamphetamine possession, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
In a separate case, around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, CODE Team detectives, assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit, stopped a 1992 Buick Regal near the intersection of Highway 97 and Galloway in Terrebonne, Mannix said.
Frank Parker, 50, of Terrebonne, was taken into custody without incident on various drug charges, he said.
An investigation of Parker and a manufactured home at 9121 NW 16th Street in Terrebonne spanned several months, Mannix said.
Detectives developed information that Parker was trafficking “large quantities of methamphetamine throughout the Central Oregon region,” Mannix said in a news release, adding that concerned citizens provided more information about his illegal activities.
After Parker’s arrest, Mannix said CODE Team detectives learned that he had thrown some meth out of the car window, just before he was stopped. They were able to find about a half-ounce of meth on the side of the road.
Based on information they gathered, detectives raided the 16th Street home around 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Mannix said. A search of the home turned up about 1 ½ ounces of meth, scales, packaging material, drug paraphernalia and other evidence, he said, adding that other items seized included a stolen motorcycle.
Kelly Boylan, 51, also of Terrebonne, was at the home at the time of the raid and arrested on a meth possession charge, Mannix said.
Parker faces drug possession, manufacture and distribution charges, Mannix said, along with first-degree theft by receiving and tampering with evidence.
Mannix said it was a long day -- "22 straight hours of work"' -- and the "team did great work."