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Prineville motorcyclist stopped, arrested after sheriff’s K-9 finds methamphetamine


PRINEVILLE, (KTVZ) – A Prineville man being investigated for alleged drug sales around Central Oregon was arrested Thursday after his motorcycle was stopped on Highway 26 and a Crook County Sheriff’s Office K-9 found almost 100 grams of methamphetamine in it, officials said.

Over the past month, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit had been investigating the 56-year-old Prineville resident for drug sales in the tri-county area, Detective Sergeant Doug Sullivan said.

On Thursday, Street Crimes detectives learned he was returning to the area with drugs in his possession, Sullivan said.

They spotted the man on a 2016 Husqvarna motorcycle heading east on Highway 26 near Prineville, and he was stopped near milepost 26.

Crook County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Jett and his partner, Sgt. Mitch Madden, responded, and the dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the motorcycle, Sullivan said.

A search of the motorcycle turned up about 93 grams (a commercial quantity) of methamphetamine, a digital scale and packaging material, the detective said. He also was in possession of a .38-caliber handgun and a rifle.

The man was arrested and lodged at the Crook County jail on drug possession, distribution and manufacture charges.

The Street Crimes Unit was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team.

The sheriff’s office Street Crimes Unit focuses enforcement on street-level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes throughout Deschutes County.

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Barney Lerten

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  1. Caught running large quantities of meth with firearms and your name(s) will not be published. Caught giving a massage without a license and you will be front page news for a week. Lol.

      1. Barney, usually one can defend the policy; but we know that their are others users (aka “victims”) he was selling to. Thus your station should publish. Meth impacts the whole quality of life in Central Oregon, and not in a positive way!

      2. That “guideline” is not based on anything. Other news stations (all of them) actually report the news. KTVZ also actively does not report on sex abuse cases for some mysterious reason when again, other networks do their job. This station is a 100% joke. The hilarious thing is both the left and right side of the spectrum agree on this fact about KTVZ. Give up Barney, you don’t know what you are doing.

  2. Drug of choice here, next to, and often with, alcohol. Luckily the city is still safe from the curse of pot shops and their tax revenue generation we don’t need because the AppleFace data ranchers take such good care of us.

  3. If they really wanted to make a dent in this sort of stuff they could put a couple of cops up and down 5th, 6th, 7th street in Redmond from Fred Meyer to Wal-Mart on any given night and catch more druggies and pill poppers than the jail would hold.

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