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Narcotics bust in Sweet Home results in eight arrests Jan. 10

 

January 15, 2020

Robert Whitton

Sweet Home police arrested eight persons Friday morning, Jan. 10, after serving a narcotics-related search warrant Friday morning, Jan. 10, at 2225 Long St.

They made the bust at 9:30 a.m. with assistance from Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team and Lebanon Police Department.

Det. Cyndi Pichardo said law enforcement encountered nine adults and arrested eight.

During the investigation, detectives seized methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, scales, drug packaging material and money.

Sweet Home police began an investigation due to reports from numerous area residents about short-stay traffic and frequent disturbances at the residence, Pichardo said.

This is the second narcotics-related search warrant to be executed at that address in two years.

Police arrested the following persons:

- Robert Dean Whitton, 63, for distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of methamphetamine. He was transported to Linn County Jail.

- Amanda R. Stafford, 43, for frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold, a misdemeanor. She was booked, cited and released.

- Thomas W. Ballweber, 35, for frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold. He was booked, cited and released.

- James M. Robertson, 58, for frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold. He was booked, cited and released.

- Jacob B. Reeder, 19, for placing an offensive substance in or on water or a highway and second-degree criminal trespass in connection to another case. He was booked, cited and released.

- Michelle R. Ray, 29, for frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold. She also was charged for felon in possession of a firearm in another case. She was booked, cited and released.

- Nicholas G. Godell, 35, for frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold. He also was arrested on an Albany warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of third-degree theft. He was booked, cited and released.

- Heather E. Richards-Armendarez, 39, for frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold. She was was arrested on Linn County warrants for failure to appear on original charges of driving while suspended, fourth-degree assault and possession of meth; and an Albany warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of third-degree theft; and a Lebanon warrant for failure to appear on a criminal citation. She was booked, cited and released.

Police request that anyone with information related to the incident to contact Pichardo at (541) 367-5181.

 
 

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