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Bend woman arrested in traffic stop, accused of trafficking fentanyl into area, released on bail; pills, powder seized

Drug agents display fentanyl pills, powder seized from Bend woman and her SUV
Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team
Drug agents display fentanyl pills, powder seized from Bend woman and her SUV

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A Bend woman accused of transporting drugs into Deschutes County and trafficking fentanyl in the Bend area was arrested in a traffic stop early last Friday at the Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint, and a drug-detection K-9 helped locate fentanyl pills and powder in her car. By that night, she had been jailed, made her first court appearance and released on bail.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, working with Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies, concluded their month-long investigation with the arrest of Jade Batts, 34, CODE Team Lt. Mike Landolt said in a news release Wednesday.

Around 2 a.m. Friday, CODE Team detectives located Batts in her blue 1999 Ford Explorer outside of Deschutes County and followed her into the scenic viewpoint north of Redmond, where deputies conducted a traffic stop, Landolt said.

Bend Police drug-detection K-9 Bonnie and her handler were deployed during the stop and alerted to an odor indicating the presence of drugs in Batts’ SUV, the lieutenant said.

CODE detectives requested and were granted a search warrant for Batts and her SUV. They searched the Explorer around 3 a.m. and found fentanyl pills and powder, packaging material and a digital scale.

Batts was taken to the county jail in Bend, where Landolt said she was found to possess more fentanyl pills and some methamphetamine, meaning more charges could be filed as the investigation continues

Court records show Batts was arraigned Friday afternoon on felony drug delivery and possession charges. A jail officer confirmed she was conditionally released from jail later that day after posting 10% of her $20,000 bail. She’s due back in court next Thursday, June 20 on an expected grand jury indictment.

Batts agreed to conditions including not to use or possess controlled substances or associate with those who use illegal drugs or frequent places where they are used, kept or sold.

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