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Search Warrant Sweep Leads to Many Arrests and Seizure of Over 1 1/2 Pound of Meth

The search warrants led to the arrests of seven people, $37,022.00 in cash, 1 ½ pounds of Methamphetamine, 3 ounces of Cocaine.. Seven children were taken into protective custody by DHS and a 9mm handgun.

Cocaine seized
Cocaine seized Friday
Photo: Marion County Sheriff

(KEIZER) - Several local police agencies working together as the Marion County Methamphetamine Strike Force, served search warrants were served at eight locations in Marion and Polk Counties Friday

Lt. Doug Garrett with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office says the operation marked the culmination of a three-month investigation by the newly formed Meth Strike Force, which was developed for the purpose of identifying, investigating, arresting and ultimately prosecuting organized crime families that are responsible for supplying methamphetamine to dealers within Marion County.

Garrett says 12 Law enforcement agencies, 10 narcotic teams, three tactical/SWAT units and 6 support agencies representing Marion County, the cities of Salem, Keizer, Woodburn, Stayton and Silverton, the Oregon State Police, Polk County, Lincoln County and Linn County were key sources for the successful operation.

These organizations were the Department of Human Resources, members of the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Parole and Probation deputies and Reserve deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Angel P.D. and the Stayton Police Department.

Garrett says the search warrants led to the arrests of seven people, the seizure of three vehicles, including a 2002 BMW, a 2000 Lincoln LS and a 2004 Honda Accord. They also seized $37,022.00 in cash, 1 ½ pounds of Methamphetamine, 3 ounces of Cocaine, seven children taken into protective custody by DHS and a 9mm handgun.

The following are the locations where search warrants were served:

  • 4099 April Ct. NE, Salem, Marion County, Oregon
  • 955 Plymouth Dr. NE, Keizer, Marion County, Oregon
  • 4562 Swegle Rd. NE, Salem, Marion County, Oregon
  • 291 45th Ave. NE, Salem, Marion County, Oregon
  • 4012 Ibex St. NE, Salem, Marion County, Oregon
  • 3246 Felina Ave. NE #209, Salem, Marion County, Oregon
  • 165 College Dr. NW, Salem, Polk County, Oregon
  • 2832 Strong Rd. SE, Salem, Marion County, Oregon.

Those arrested were:

Agustin Dias-Magana, DOB: 06/24/74
Arrested at: 3246 Felina Ave. NE #209, Salem, Or.
Charges: Racketeering, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
Total Bail $2,540,000.


Christian Jonathan, Barrera DOB: 09/25/82
Arrested at: 4012 Ibex St. NE, Salem, Or.
Charges: Delivery of Methamphetamine.
Total Bail $500,000.


Eduardo Manzo Zepeda DOB: 11/07/71
Arrested at: 291 45th Ave. NE, Salem, Or.
Charges: Delivery of Methamphetamine, Racketeering.
Total Bail $2,540,000.


Jose Alfredo Barajas-Cortez, DOB: 01/12/85
Arrested at: 4099 April Ct. NE, Salem, Or.
Charges: Endangering the welfare of a minor, Maintaining a residence where drugs are sold.
Total Bail $10,000. Has ICE Detainer.


William Lee DOB: 03/25/79
Arrested at 165 College Dr. NW, Salem, Or.
Charge: Warrant arrest.
Total Bail $100,000.


Christina Steffen DOB: 06/15/75
Arrested at 165 College Dr. NW, Salem, Or.
Charge: Warrant arrest.
No bail.


Viridiana Calderon-Herrera DOB: 11/16/82
Two counts Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and One count Maintaining a residence where drugs are sold.
Total Bail $15,000.


The Marion County Methamphetamine Strike Force (MSF) is made up of narcotics investigators from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Salem Police Department, the Keizer Police Department and the Woodburn Police Department. A Marion County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant operationally supervises the Strike Force. A Marion County Deputy District Attorney is assigned to the Team and insures that cases investigated by the Meth Strike Force are prepared in such a manner that a successful prosecution is insured.




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victor66 May 2, 2011 10:40 am (Pacific time)

this is my dad at the top


lamar July 29, 2009 11:27 am (Pacific time)

i lost over sixteen years of my life due to poor decision making under the influence of meth. i can relate. the worst part about this story is the innocence lost for those kids that have no choice in the matter. the sins of the parents always seem to directly affect the children and this is what bothers me the most..


Pattie May 7, 2007 9:00 am (Pacific time)

Sometimes a person has to hit bottom before they realize there’s more to life than METH. It is my hope these people will now receive the help needed to clean up and become a productive citizen. This is possible but sadly not so probable. For every “one” bust there is a dozen more waiting to happen, wake up people! Who pays the ultimate price, the children. Three of my Grandchildren has been lost to the system because their parents wouldn’t tow the line. This is the price some pay but for those who don’t get busted your children will grow up becoming addicts – food for thought.

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