OSP release – OSP and PPB Cooperative Enforcement effort at Governor Kotek’s direction nets 7 Arrests for Delivery of Controlled Substances in a single day – On Wednesday, October 18, a cooperative effort as a part of Governor Kotek’s directive to enhance strategic fentanyl enforcement between the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) Central Bike Squad resulted in several arrests and citations related to criminal drug sales and weapons possession. OSP and PPB were joined by members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United States Justice Department (AUSA) to assist. This joint operation resulted in seven arrests for the Delivery of a Controlled Substance (fentanyl), one arrest for the Possession of a Controlled Substance (fentanyl), and two of the arrestees had an additional charge for the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Additionally, several thousand dollars in currency and approximately 500 grams of powdered fentanyl were seized. All of these enforcement actions took place in an area of approximately 12 blocks with a concentration of these arrests in a much smaller area. All the arrested suspects were lodged in the Multnomah County Jail. Of the suspects, all were male- seven adults and one juvenile. “Collaborative patrols between PPB and OSP are having some success. We remain committed to supporting our partners at PPB and helping in their efforts to bring a sense of safety to the downtown core by disrupting and deterring dangerous criminal actions and working to break the deadly grasp of fentanyl in our communities. We are also grateful for the assistance of our county and federal partners in this effort.” – Superintendent Casey Codding.
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