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News Release
Long-Term Investigation to Improve Neighborhood Safety in SE Bend - 08/01/22

Date: August 1, 2022

Incident: Long-Term Investigation to Improve Neighborhood Safety in SE Bend

 

First Location: 61208 Nisika Court

Case Numbers: 22-32879, 22-44656

Arrested: Drake, Christopher Gordon 51 years-old

Charges: Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, Felon in possession of a restricted weapon, Carrying of concealed weapons, Driving under the influence-drugs

Arrested: Sanchez, Joseph Ruben 52 years-old

Charge: Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, Deschutes County arrest warrant

 

Second Location: 20636 Foxborough Lane

Case Number: 22-44998

Arrested: Chelsea Catherine Kelly 25 years-old

Charge: Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used

Arrested: Clayton T. Kirkey 36 years-old

Charges: Felon in possession of a firearm, Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, Unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)

Issued a Citation to Appear: Hayden Riley Jeffrey Liapes 29 years-old

Charge: Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used

Outstanding Suspect: Eric Sean Kelly 27 years-old

Beginning in January of 2022, Bend Police began receiving reports from community members about possible drug activity at a residence on Nisika Court in SE Bend. This residence was across the street from Jewell Elementary School. Officers focused patrols in the area and developed additional information linking several occupants to drug activity. By July 30, 2022, enough evidence had been gathered to arrest Joseph Sanchez and Christopher Drake at the location for numerous offenses.

Related to these neighborhood safety efforts in SE Bend, officers received information that another home nearby was also associated with criminal activity. This information included the unlawful possession of a firearm.

The CERT (Central Oregon Emergency Response Team) served a search warrant at the home on August 1, 2022. The search warrant was for the illegal sale of drugs, possession of stolen property, and unlawful possession of a firearm.  Three people were charged with crimes at the search warrant.  A fourth suspect in the investigation, Eric Kelly, is being sought for numerous crimes related to this investigation. A handgun, a pepperball gun, and numerous stolen items were seized during the search. Additional charges are anticipated as the investigation continues.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office helped with the investigation at the scene.

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