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3 Arrested in Major Drug Investigation - 05/30/17

On May 24, 2017, 3 people were arrested in connection with a narcotics investigation conducted by the Linn County Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team (LINE) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Eugene Office. The investigation focused on the distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin in Oregon.

Search warrants were also served on May 24, 2017, at numerous locations to include Albany, Jefferson and Oregon City. Multiple pounds of suspected heroin and methamphetamine were seized during the search warrants.

The following individuals were taken into custody as a result of Federal Arrest Warrants on Complaints filed related to this investigation:
* Rogelio Conrique-Villalpando, 39 year old Oregon City resident -- Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Heroin.
* Matilde Conrique-Sepulveda, 41 year old Oregon City resident - Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Heroin.

The following individual was taken into custody on State charges related to this investigation:
* Maritza Pallanez, 24 year old Albany resident -- Possession and Distribution of Heroin and Methamphetamine.

Multiple agencies assisted with the investigation and the serving of search warrants including the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Independence Police Department, Polk Interagency Narcotics Team, Stayton Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Interagency Task Force, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, Oregon National Guard, DEA and FBI.

The LINE Team was established as a result of Linn County being designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in 2016. The team is comprised of investigators from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, and the DEA.

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