Drug sweep nets 29 arrests


— A major drug sweep involving more than 100 officers from multiple police agencies working together to arrest 29 people and confiscate numerous drugs and weapons may have just skated by Walla Walla County.

Officials were unable to confirm if Walla Walla County officers were utilized or local arrests made in Thursday’s drug sweep led by Pendleton and Oregon State Police, who were supported by 20 other local, state and federal agencies.

The sweep involved the execution of 27 search warrants from Milton-Freewater to the Tri-Cities, with the majority of the searches and arrests centered on Pendleton and Hermiston, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.

Along with the arrests, officers confiscated more than six pounds of methamphetamine, a half-ounce of heroin, close to 800 prescription medication pills, 23 pounds of processed marijuana, 200 marijuana plants, 11 handguns and 10 long barrel firearms, including one assault rifle and one shotgun.

Officers also discovered four indoor marijuana grow sites, according to a media release from the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team.

The officers “moved throughout northeast Oregon and southeast Washington to begin serving 27 search warrants on residences, a storage locker, and vehicles ... to dismantle a Drug Trafficking Organization that has been operating in Umatilla, Morrow, and Union counties, as well as southeast Washington and southern Oregon,” the release said.

Hasting said he did not believe Walla Walla County was involved in Thursday’s operation, but added that searches and arrests were made in the Tri-Cities.

The names of those arrested are being withheld as officers continue the drug sweep; the names are expected to be released on Monday.


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