Drug Bust

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bend Man Arrested with 64 lbs of Pot

Posted By on Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM

A 34-year-old Bend man has been arrested and charged with felony marijuana possession after a traffic stop led to massive pot seizure at a Bend storage facility.

According to police, Mark Wirges Jr. was driving with a suspended license when he was pulled over for a traffic violation in the area of Hwy. 97 and Deschutes Market Junction Thursday afternoon. Police found more than an ounce of marijuana on Wirges, as well as evidence that he had a storage unit in Bend. A subsequent investigation and search by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with the city of Bend and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team turned up 62 pounds of packed marijuana.Wirges has arrested on charges of illegal possession, delivery and manufacture of marijuana.

 If you're saying to yourself, 'Wow that sounds like a lot of weed." Well, you're right. And we'll try to put it in perspective with a little back of the napkin math. Let's say that a joint is half a gram, give or take. There are 28 grams in an ounce and there are 16 ounces in pound and 64 pounds in Mark's duffel bags. (28x16x64x2=57,300). That's 57,ooo! Yes Thousand! joints. So, yeah, it's a lot of weed.

 Let's just have a moment of silence before it gets lobbed into an incinerator like a pile of garbage. Good by, dank weed. We hardly knew ye.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Drug Bust of the Week

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Memo to the three gentleman that were pulled over with 12 pounds of pot stuffed into garbage bags in the back of their Jeep Cherokee:  

Next time you might want to rent a vehicle with, say, I don’t know, a trunk. It helps for those occasions when you’re transporting $30, 000 worth of illegal drugs and get pulled over for a minor traffic infraction after being—as it turns out, accurately—profiled as likely drug traffickers.


Read the official account below.


An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop last week in The Dalles-area led to the arrest of four men after the discovery of over 12 lbs of marijuana inside their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section has been continuing the investigation.
On December 6, 2011 at approximately 11:07 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 1996 Jeep Cherokee displaying Oregon license plates with four occupants eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 87 for a traffic violation. The vehicle's driver was identified as EDUARDO MUNOZ GARCIA, age 32, from Hermiston.
Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of over 12 lbs of marijuana concealed in large garbage bags inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $30,000.
The vehicle's occupants were taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles. The four men are still in custody and identified as:
* Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana
Passenger ERIC SANCHEZ MARTINEZ, age 27, from Seattle, Washington
* Fugitive From Justice (Washington State warrant charging Fail to Appear - Dangerous Drugs)
* Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana
* Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer
Passenger EFREIN ESTRADA MORALES, age 19, from Boardman
* Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana
Passenger ONOFRE IBARRA ESTRADA, age 23, from Irrigon
* Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Sheriff's Heroin Investigation Results in Six Arrests in Bend

Six arrests made as a result of heroin investigation in Bend.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Yesterday afternoon, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies arrested six Bend residents, many of them on suspicion of possession or delivery of heroin.

The six, three women and three men, were all between the ages of 19 and 22 and were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into what deputies are calling "street level sales" of heroin. The arrests took place at two different homes in the city, one on the north end and another in southwest Bend.

Here's the saddest part of it all -- not that heroin slanging on our streets isn't sad enough on its own -- some of the charges include "endangering the welfare of a minor child." That means there were probably kids around heroin and/or other drugs. Yuck.



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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Oregon Drug Bust of the Week: Meth is Gross

Don't put two pounds of meth in your guitar case.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Meth Oregon
  • Meth Oregon
Super duper gross. Just look at it. Barf-o-rama.

Now, you probably thought we'd be writing about this drug bust, which led the discovery and seizure of more than 250 pounds of pot in southern Oregon. But yeah, that was pot.

Instead, I've got a story about a man from Pasco, Washington who was driving up I-5, minding his own business when he was pulled over. Actually, he wasn't really minding his own all. Witnesses said the dude was swerving all over the place, nearly hitting another vehicle, thus cops thought they'd check him out.

During the stop, cops found two pounds of meth -- which is lot of meth -- in a guitar case in the trunk of the car. Miguel Valencia-Gutierrez, 25, of Pasco, Washington, was arrested and held on $1 million bail.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oregon Drug Bust of the Week: A U-Haul Full of Pot

Oregon police nab a guy driving a U-Haul packed with 30 pounds of marijuana.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Marijuana arrest
  • Marijuana arrest
This week's Oregon Drug Bust of the Week takes us over to Roseburg where on Sunday Oregon State Police stopped a U-Haul moving truck on I-5 and later found about 30 pounds of marijuana hidden in the back.

Police arrested Donald J. Ellwood, 53, of Minnesota and booked him on suspicion of unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled substance.

What really made this the Bust of the Week was the fact that the herb, valued at around $60,000, was wrapped in plastic and coated in mustard (as you can see in the image on the right). Yeah, mustard -- like the stuff you put on your sandwich. Apparently, it also goes excellent on dank-ass weed.

Actually, that mustard was probably meant to mask the scent of the pot. But yeah, that didn't work.


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oregon Drug Bust of the Week: Look at all that Meth

Law enforcement breaks up a meth ring in Madras.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Meth Madras
  • Meth Madras
We haven't heard much about meth arrests in Central Oregon over the last few years, but that changed this week with the announcement of a major bust up in Madras.

A total of six Madras residents were arrested as the result of three different search warrants, according to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team. Following a traffic stop that yielded 11 ounces of methamphetamine, officers then executed the search warrants, leading to the discovering of another pound of meth, in addition to guns, scales, paraphernalia and, of course, cash.

The street value of the more than 1.5 pounds of meth is roughly $46,000. Yowsa. That's some Breaking Bad sort of money.

The six arrests were the result of an investigation that began in 2009 and officials believe the alleged dealers were involved in trafficking meth throughout the area for some time.


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Monday, January 17, 2011

Oregon Drug Bust of the Week: Acid, Mushrooms and pounds of pot

Police arrest this bearded dude on suspicion of carrying 10 pounds of pot...and mushrooms...and acid.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 9:13 PM

We get plenty of press releases each week from the Oregon State Police letting us know about recent drug busts in our area. With that in mind, Bent will now feature the "Oregon Drug Bust of the Week," a weekly installment complete with pictures. Lots of pictures. Pictures of weed and dope and other illegal things.

LSD Pot arrest
  • LSD Pot arrest
Our first Drug Bust of the Week took place on January 11 when Seattle's Russell Jay Heller  (pictured at right) was arrested near Lakeview, Oregon, after being pulled over while driving a 1993 Chevy Lumina (one of the  most fabulous corporate cruisers of the 1990s).

In various locations in the car, police say they found 10 pounds of marijuana, two ounces of psilocybin mushrooms and 25 doses of LSD. No drugs, however, were found in Russell's beard.

Russell was booked on suspicion of a variety of controlled substance possession charges, in addition to a DUII warrant from Jackson County.

Here's some photos of the drugs that were seized.




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