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Deputies arrest one, seize fentanyl, meth, machine guns and ammunition during investigation - 06/16/21

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies seized drugs, machine guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition during a months-long drug investigation into 42-year-old Lonnie Leroy Sahm.

On Monday, June 14, deputies assigned to the MCSO’s Dangerous Drug Team (DDT) were preparing to serve search warrants at two locations, including a home where Sahm lived, near NE 192nd Avenue & NE Halsey Street in Gresham. Prior to serving the search warrants, Sahm left the residence. DDT followed Sahm to a convenience store near SE 122nd Ave. & SE Powell Blvd. Deputies arrested Sahm at the convenience store without incident around 12:45 a.m.

While in custody, deputies observed Sahm trying to discard drugs by emptying plastic packages from his pockets. Sahm later admitted the small bags contained blue-colored “M30” fentanyl pills. The pills were packaged and ready for sale.

With Sahm in custody, deputies returned to the home. Around 1:30 a.m., the East Metro Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), served search warrants at the residence and an associated storage unit.

In the house, garage and storage unit, deputies found more than 1000 grams of methamphetamine, drug packaging material, over $500 in cash, more than 500 pills of Fentanyl and 44 firearms, including two machine guns. The machine guns, a Browning M19 and a U.S. Government 1919, both military-grade, were found in a hidden compartment. The Browning M19 was fully operational. In addition to the firearms, deputies located more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition, including high capacity magazines, drums and belts.The seized drugs are estimated to have a street value of $20,000.

Sahm, a convicted felon, acknowledged he is not allowed to possess firearms and self-admitted to deputies he is involved in a gang.

Sahm was arraigned Tuesday, June 15, in Multnomah County Circuit Court on charges of:

  • 10 counts of felon in possession of a firearm
  • 1 count of unlawful possession of a machine gun
  • 1 count of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine

More charges will likely be filed and this arrest may lead to others.

“We are seeing an epidemic of guns and drugs on the streets, including residential neighborhoods, of Multnomah County that we have not seen in recent memory,” DDT Sgt. Matt Ferguson said. “This arrest sends a message to those committing these kinds of crimes, that we take these investigations seriously. This is part of our overarching response to gun violence in the community.”

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge the agencies below for their assistance in the investigation:

  • Gresham Police Department
  • Multnomah County's Department of Community Justice Parole & Probation
  • Multnomah County District Attorney’s Strategic Prosecution and Services Unit
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

“This arrest and seizure of firearms and illegal drugs is the direct result of exceptional work by the Special Investigations Unit and our law enforcement partners. MCSO is committed to the safety of our community and will use all available resources to reduce gun violence in the jurisdictions where we provide service,” said Sheriff Mike Reese.

Attached are a series of photos:

  • Photo 1: Guns, ammunition and drugs seized following arrest
  • Photo 2: Rifles laid out on top of evidence boxes
  • Photo 3: Close up of three guns seized following arrest
  • Photo 4: Close up of military-grade automatic rifle
  • Photo 5: Fentanyl, meth, heroin, and cash

News outlets, click this link to view sound bite from Sheriff Reese and video of the weapons and drugs.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further comment can be made at this time.


Deputies investigate fatal crash in Corbett - 06/02/21

On Wednesday morning, at 5:51 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an injury crash in Corbett near the 49100 block of Southeast Louden Road. When deputies and firefighters arrived, they determined that the driver was deceased. Because of the severity of the crash, the East County Vehicular Crimes Team was activated.

Preliminary investigation suggests that the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to navigate a curve. The sedan was found off the roadway and down an embankment.

The driver is an adult male approximately 60-years-old. The man’s identity is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

Southeast Louden Road was closed for several hours during the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further comment will be made at this time.

The East County Vehicular Crimes Team is comprised of specially trained law enforcement members from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department and Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. ECVCT is responsible for investigating serious or fatal vehicle crashes and crimes in Gresham, Fairview, Maywood Park, Troutdale, Wood Village and unincorporated Multnomah County.

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Glenn Otto Park assault investigation update (Photo) - 05/19/21

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) wants to thank the public for helping to identify suspects involved in an assault that occurred on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. In the 24-hour period following our initial news release, MCSO detectives received approximately 90 tips.

As of Wednesday morning, all but one suspect involved in the assault has been identified. Attached are photos of the final suspect. The suspect is seen on video (2:20- 2:25) kicking one of the victims while the victim was on the ground. If you recognize this individual, please call the MCSO Tip Line at 503-988-0560 and reference case number 21-24002. At the time of the assault, the suspect was wearing a grey shirt with the number "4" printed on the front and back, dark colored jeans, a grey hat and a necklace.

Detectives are conducting interviews and performing follow up investigation. MCSO will release more information when it is appropriate. No further comment will be made at this time.


Original release on Monday, May 17:

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is asking the public to help identify suspects involved in a brutal assault that occurred near the Sandy River at Glenn Otto Park Sunday night. The assault was captured on camera and shared with MCSO. The case is under investigation by MCSO Detectives.

At approximately 7:36 p.m., on May 16, 2021, MCSO deputies responded to a report of an assault at 1110 E. Historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale. When deputies arrived, they located two adult males with injuries.

It was reported a group of individuals swam across the Sandy River, confronted the victims, and proceeded to violently attack the victims, who are brothers. One man, who appears to be wearing salmon colored shorts, used a large stick more than once to assault one of the victims. Multiple male suspects participated and continued to assault one of the victims by punching, kicking and stomping, even as he was laying on the ground defenseless.

It is also alleged individuals in the aggressing group used homophobic slurs prior to and during the assault. Detectives are considering bias crime charges.

“This is a serious and appalling assault that occurred in broad daylight at a family-friendly, riverfront beach,” Law Enforcement Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell said. “We are actively investigating the assault, and we are urging the public to come forward with information that may lead to an arrest of these individuals. Violence has no place in Multnomah County.”

When deputies arrived, the suspects had left the area. At this time, no arrests have been made. A video of the assault is being shared in an attempt to identify those involved in the assault. If anyone has information or additional video, please call the MCSO Tip Line at 503-988-0560 and reference case number 21-24002. As a warning, the video contains violence and profane language.

Video is publicly available on YouTube (by clicking the link).

The investigation is ongoing, and no further comment will be made at this time.


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