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Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of Methamphetamine - 07/16/21

Released by: Detective Sergeant Doug Sullivan

Release Date: July 16, 2021

Location: Hwy 26 near MP 17 Prineville, OR

Arrested: Travis Perala (56 year old male) Prineville, OR

Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine ,Distribution of Methamphetamine, Manufacture of Methamphetamine

Over the last month, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit has been investigating Travis Perala for the ongoing sales of controlled substances in the tri-county area. On July 15, 2021, Street Crimes detectives learned Perala was returning to the tri-county area with possible controlled substances in his possession.

Detectives observed Perala traveling on a 2016 Husqvarna MC east bound on Hwy 26 near Prineville, OR. Perala was stopped near MP 17 on Hwy 26. A Crook County Sheriff’s Office K9, Jett, and his partner Sgt. Mitch Madden responded and K9 Jett alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the motorcycle Perala was operating. A subsequent search of Perala’s motorcycle revealed he was in possession of approximately 93 grams of methamphetamine (a commercial quantity), digital scale, and packaging material. Perala was also in possession of a .38 caliber handgun and a rifle. 

Perala was taken into custody on the above listed charges and lodged in the Crook County Jail. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE.)

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office street crimes unit focuses enforcement on street level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes throughout Deschutes County.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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