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CODE Detectives Arrest Bend Man Second Time This Week for Theft and Identity Theft (Photo) - 02/16/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 16th, 2024

Released by: CODE Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp 

On February 16th, 2024, at approximately 3:15 PM, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team concluded a same-day investigation by arresting Wyatt James Froome, age 30, of Bend. 

Earlier this week, CODE Detectives arrested Wyatt Froome during an alleged drug sale transaction. During his earlier arrest, detectives located $750 worth of Lego toy sets allegedly stolen from the Bend Target store earlier the same day by Froome and his accomplice. 

Today, CODE Detectives were monitoring public social media marketplaces for criminal activity when they noticed Mr. Froome was online and was offering sell hundreds of dollars worth of new Lego sets at deep discount. Detectives contacted Froome with an offer to purchase the Legos on display. He and the detective made a deal, and a meeting was arranged to purchase the Lego sets. 

Later, Froome arrived at the Bend Outlet Mall when uniformed Bend Police Officers contacted him while he had the stolen property he agreed to sell to the online detective. 

It is alleged Froome "pre-sells" the Lego sets on social media platforms. Once an interested party contacts him, Froome allegedly "fulfills the order" by stealing the same Lego set from a local retailer. 

During these investigations, CODE Detectives charged Froome with four additional Bend area thefts totaling over $3,000 of stolen property. 

According to area retail store security officers, Legos are a hot item due to their popularity and relative cost from retail markets. Legos are virtually untraceable, without serial numbers, and quickly sold on the black market or to unsuspecting buyers on social media. 

Wyatt Froome was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Jail with the following criminal charges.

  • Theft I, ORS 164.055 (Four Counts)
  • Theft II, ORS 164.045 (Three Counts)
  • Aggravated Identity Theft, ORS 165.803
  • Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, ORS 165.055

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp, 541-550-4869 or kentv@deschutes.org 

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies:  Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department,  Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney’s, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state, and international drug trafficking organizations.

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CODE Operation Yields Multiple Arrests and Seizures (Photo) - 02/13/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 13th, 2024

Released by: CODE Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp 

Bend, OR – 

On February 13th, 2024, at approximately 2:11 PM, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team concluded an on-going investigation by arresting Timothy Leroy Henkel, age 54, and Wyatt James Froome, age 30, both Bend area transients. 

CODE detectives identified Mr. Henkel as a fentanyl trafficker in recent investigations. While conducting surveillance in the parking lot of Bend’s Home Depot and Sportman’s Wharehouse. During the surveillance, drug agents watched as Mr. Henkel allegedly sold the occupants of a silver Ford Escape controlled substances. As drug agents approached the group and identified themselves, a silver Ford Escape fled the parking lot. Before leaving the parking lot, a man, later identified as Henry Oswaldo Duran, fled the passenger seat of the Ford and began running through highway traffic. Mr. Duran is still outstanding.  

Detectives searched the grey Jeep occupied by Henkel and Froome. The search yielded a commercial quantity of fentanyl pills and methamphetamine. In addition to the controlled substances, detectives also located $750 worth of Lego toy sets allegedly stolen from the nearby Target store earlier the same day by Henkel and Froome. It was determined the stolen Legos were intended to be sold through online marketplaces for profit. 

In June 2023, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2645, later signed by Governor Kotek. As a result, a “commercial quantity” is now defined by statute as five grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl or 25 or more user units (i.e., pills) or any substituted derivative of fentanyl as defined by the rules of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. This is not a separate criminal charge but rather an increase in the sentencing guidelines. 

CODE Detectives are asking the public to report any information about the whereabouts of Henry Oswaldo Duran. Please contact Deschutes County Non-Emergency Dispatch at 541-693-6911 and reference Bend Police Department Case No 24-8407. 

Timothy Henkel was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Jail with the following criminal charges.

  • Unlawful Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Fentanyl), ORS 475.752
  • Unlawful Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Fentanyl), ORS 475.752
  • Theft II, ORS 164.045

Wyatt Froome was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Jail with the following criminal charges.

  • Theft II, ORS 164.045

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp, 541-550-4869 or kentv@deschutes.org 

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies:  Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department,  Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney’s, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state, and international drug trafficking organizations.

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Drug agents make arrest and seize drugs - 02/07/24

Date: Feb. 7, 2024

Case #: DCSO Case 2024-6730

Incident: Drug agents make arrest and seize drugs

Arrested: Justin Thomas Joseph Polit, 45-year-old Bend resident
Charges: Unlawful possession of methamphetamine, Attempted delivery of methamphetamine, and Unlawful possession of a firearm.

This arrest was the result of a longer-term drug investigation by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team. It was concluded with a short foot chase, apprehension, and search warrant service.

In a different investigation, on April 5, 2023, the CODE team served a search warrant and arrested Justin Thomas Joseph Polit for unlawful manufacture of cocaine, unlawful possession of cocaine, and unlawful delivery of cocaine. After this arrest and over the past several months, our detective unit continued to get information that Justin Thomas Joseph Polit was continuing to sell drugs in the Central Oregon area. 

Using different investigative techniques, drug agents continued to gather evidence and investigate Polit for distributing illegal narcotics. 

On February 6, 2024, late in the evening, drug agents applied for and were granted a search warrant for Polit and his hotel room. The CODE team conducted surveillance on Polit as he was stayed at the hotel in the area of NE 27th St./ Hwy. 20 in Bend.

Drug agents observed Polit exiting the building and attempted to make contact, but Polit fled on foot. An arrest team was able to capture Polit as he attempted to elude police on foot. This was a short foot pursuit before Polit was taken into custody at the location.

Polit was in possession of a concealed homemade 3D printed pistol frame without a serial number and a substantial quantity of methamphetamine. Drug agents also searched his hotel room and located packaging material, additional methamphetamine, a scale, cash, a dagger, and evidence that drugs were being distributed by Polit.

Polit was lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the above-listed charges. Additional charges may be filed in this case as the investigation is ongoing.

Criminal complaints contain only charges; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney’s, and the Oregon National Guard.

The CODE team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that identifies, disrupts, and dismantles local, multi-state, and international drug trafficking organizations using an intelligence-driven, multi-agency prosecutor-supported approach. CODE is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) which is composed of members from the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates with and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement initiatives, including the CODE.

Bend Man Arrested for Cocaine Trafficking After Long Term CODE Investigation - 02/02/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 2nd, 2024

Issued by: Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp

Bend, OR –

Drug agents successfully apprehended a Bend resident following an extensive investigation into the trafficking of cocaine within the Bend area. The culmination of this investigation, conducted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, ended when drug agents made an arrest and executed a search warrant at a residence situated on the 20000 block of Mel Court in the city of Bend.

On February 1st, 2024, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, with the assistance of the Bend Police Department, finalized an investigation and surveillance operation with the arrest of Daynen J Wolfe, 46, of Bend, Oregon.

In late 2023, drug agents identified Daynen Wolfe as a central Oregon cocaine trafficker. The preliminary investigation asserts that Mr. Wolfe has been involved in the substantial distribution of cocaine in and around bars located in the south Bend area.

Following a surveillance operation last night, CODE Detectives detained Wolfe and an alleged customer in the parking lot of a bar on the 61000 block of S Highway 97 in Bend around 10 PM. Both individuals were detained and interviewed at the scene. The alleged customer was released with a citation for possession of a controlled substance. 

Based on the investigation, CODE Detectives secured a search warrant for Mr. Wolfe's truck and his parent's residence, which is believed to be Daynen Wolfe's temporary residence.

A subsequent search of Daynen Wolfe's Ford F150 uncovered a commercial quantity of cocaine, along with additional evidence confirming his involvement in cocaine distribution crimes. Additional non-drug-related evidence was also discovered at his parent's residence on Mel Ct. 

The investigation remains active, with additional suspects identified and further arrests anticipated.

Mr. Wolfe has been confined to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Jail on the following charges:

  • Unlawful Distribution of Cocaine
  • Unlawful Manufacture of Cocaine
  • Unlawful Possession of Cocaine

It is important to note that criminal complaints only outline charges, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp, 541-550-4869 or kentv@deschutes.org

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney’s, and the Oregon National Guard. 

The CODE team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that identifies, disrupts, and dismantles local, multi-state, and international drug trafficking organizations using an intelligence-driven, multi-agency, prosecutor-supported approach. CODE is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which is composed of members from the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program. 

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates with and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement initiatives, including the CODE. 

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