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Police Say Drug Bust Involved International Trafficking

Several arrested in culmination of lengthly narcotics investigation.

Man handcuffed

(SALEM, Ore.) - Several people were arrested today in what police describe as the culmination of a long-term investigation into a Salem area based drug trafficking organization.

State, local and federal law enforcement agencies teamed up to serve search warrants at several locations throughout the Salem area, Police Spokesman Dave Okada said. Investigators believe the group was responsible for transporting substantial amounts of various kinds of narcotics both within the United States and internationally as well.

Okada says that during operations today, at least twelve people were taken into custody on a variety of Federal narcotics related charges.

"At least eight children have been taken into protective custody, several vehicles and firearms have been seized and a substantial amount of narcotics and money have been located," Okada said.

"Operations on this case are ongoing and further information on the names and charges of suspects arrested, locations searched and evidence seized will be released in the near future."

He calls the investigation an excellent example of intense cooperation, coordination and teamwork between State, Local and Federal law enforcement.

Federal agencies working in Salem on the case include the Drug Enforcement Agency, US Marshal's Office, the Internal Revenue Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

State and local agencies included Salem PD, Keizer PD, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Marion County Meth Task Force, Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team, Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon HIDTA. Several other state and local law enforcement agencies from numerous other jurisdictions were also involved in this investigation.

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Jefferson January 8, 2008 10:27 am (Pacific time)

James you are very clear, it's just for those anti-authority types out there, it does not matter what law enforcement does, they will always be wrong...until these types become crime victims themselves... (but not all of them!)

James January 8, 2008 9:15 am (Pacific time)

Are you both serious. Here's your generic picture. Random guy with no job living in a $300,000 house with several luxury cars that were bought with cash. When the cops hit the door and sieze large amounts of drugs, don't ya think it's pretty reasonable to think that maybe, just maybe that $50,000 in the freezer or stuffed in the cookie jar or in the couch cushion or where ever the hell they find it might just be proceeds from drug sales. Seriously, what is wrong with you people!

Dennis Couch January 7, 2008 8:57 pm (Pacific time)

...and look how they say State and Federal agencies as well! I also noticed the word co-operation in there... they ALWAYS use that word, ya notice that!! Could someone please draw me a picture as to why huge sums of cash are always around when multiple narcotics are located and multiple suspects are arrested? It is not as if being a suspect is illegal or anything.

Neal Feldman January 7, 2008 8:47 am (Pacific time)

I love how they always say money was seized, as if having money is a crime. And notice the 8 children seized... the War on Some Drugs continues to be adopted as an income stream for Gestapo CPS. One failed policy/agency perpetuating another failed policy/agency. Ah well...

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