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Two Milton-Freewater men arrested in major drug trafficking investigation

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Two Milton-Freewater men are behind bars today following the culmination of a yearlong investigation, by the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team, into a large-scale drug trafficking organization responsible for the distribution of substantial amounts of narcotics throughout Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts, who heads the narcotics team, has said the arrests are large enough to seriously affect illegal drug activity in the area.

According to Chief Roberts, on Wednesday, BENT detectives and Oregon State Police lured a suspected drug trafficker away from a residence on Elzora Loop in Milton-Freewater.  The suspect, 43-year-old Adan Nievez Torres left his residence in a red 2003 Chevrolet S-10 registered to Torres Family Landscaping, LLC in Lakewood, WA. Police officials searched the vehicle thoroughly.

Adan Nievez Torres
Umatilla County Jail

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Following the search of Torres’ pickup, BENT detectives and law enforcement officials with the Oregon State Police, Walla Walla Police Department, Pendleton Police Department, Hermiston Police Department and Morrow County Sheriff’s Office served a narcotics search warrant on Torres’ residence located at 504 Elzora Loop in Milton-Freewater.  Torres was placed under arrest.

Chief Roberts, in a statement, said that at the time of his arrest, Torres was in possession of substantial quantities of illicit drugs including, but not limited to 1.5 pounds of Methamphetamine, 4.3 pounds of Heroin, 5.6 pounds of Cocaine and $26,166 in US currency.  They also seized two firearms (one of which officials say was stolen out of the Walla Walla, WA area), body armor, scales and packaging material.

Drugs seized during raid in Milton-Freewater, OR.
Drugs seized during raid in Milton-Freewater, OR.

Torres’ case is being referred to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office and/or the US Attorney’s Office for consideration and prosecution.  Police have charged him with possession of a controlled substance of substantial quantity (methamphetamine), distribution of a controlled substance of substantial quantity (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance of substantial quantity (heroin), distribution of a controlled substance of substantial quantity (heroin), possession of a controlled substance of substantial quantity (cocaine), distribution of a controlled substance of substantial quantity (cocaine). It is likely that Torres will also be charged with two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property and felon in possession of body armor.

Carlos Cisneros Razo
Umatilla County Jail

Following the arrest of Torres, police officials also served a second search warrant on a residence located at 1501 North Elizabeth Street, Space “F” (Locust Mobile Village) in Milton-Freewater.  Police arrested 43-year-old Carlos Cisneros Razo, they say while he was attempting to destroy drugs in his possession. Razo was in possession of over 16 grams of Methamphetamine, scales, packaging material and a loaded .32 caliber handgun that was concealed on his person at the time of his arrest.

Razo’s case is being referred to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office and/or the US Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance of substantial quantity (methamphetamine) and distribution of a controlled substance of substantial quantity (methamphetamine).  It is likely, police say, that Razo will also be charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

The Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team (BENT) was founded in 1983 by the Oregon State Police and the Pendleton Police Department.  It recently received a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HITA) designation through the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington, DC.  BENT currently receives federal HIDTA dollars annually, which are used to identify, disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations.

According to Chief Roberts, this case highlights BENT’s ongoing commitment of working toward creating safer communities. BENT is staffed by two full-time supervisors (Pendleton Police Sergeant (1) and Oregon State Police Sergeant (1)), nine full-time narcotics detectives (Oregon State Police Detectives (2), Pendleton Police Department Detective (1), Hermiston Police Department Detective (1), Milton-Freewater Police Department Detective (1), Morrow County Sheriff’s Office Detective (1), Umatilla Tribal Police Department Detective (1), Boardman Police Department Detective (1) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (1)).  BENT also enjoys part-time participation by a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent (Portland office) (1) and a United States Forest Service Agent (1).

Both law enforcement agencies in Morrow County and five of the nine in Umatilla County are participating members of BENT.  The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Pilot Rock Police Department, Stanfield Police Department and Umatilla Police Department either do not have sufficient personnel or choose not to dedicate resources to BENT.

Rise Media reached out to Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer for a comment and did not hear back from him by press time.  This is an ongoing story and we will continue to keep you posted of the latest happenings.

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