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Drug Trafficking Investigation Leads to 17 Arrests

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Police arrested 15 people Tuesday and at least two more Wednesday in a major multi-agency drug-trafficking investigation led by the Oregon Department of Justice.

Officers served 15 search warrants simultaneously in Benton, Linn and Marion counties Tuesday and two more later in the day.

“I heard the door bust in and them hollering search warrant,” said Lorie Cervantes.

Lorie Cervantes rented a room to Adrian Cornejo-Corona, one of the 15 people arrested Tuesday on charges like racketeering, money laundering and drug delivery.

“I was naive. I didn’t suspect that,” Cervantes said.

Cervantes says officers tore apart Corona’s room looking for evidence.

“It’s not right for somebody to bring something like that on you and playing you like you’re stupid. And that’s what he did. He used me. He used me bad,” Cervantes said.

Investigators say they spent nine months on “Operation Icebreaker 2,” looking into a highly sophisticated drug trafficking and racketeering distribution enterprise.

“We don’t want to just simply arrest one person. We really have to take apart the entire infrastructure of a drug trafficking organization and really put a large dent in the supply that’s coming into our region,” said Capt. Jon Sassaman with the Corvallis Police Department.

Investigators say the suspects distributed as much as four pounds of meth and two pounds of heroin in any given week throughout the Mid-Valley.

“These are dangerous. They are highly addictive. They really do ruin individual lives. They ruin families, and they ruin futures for people,” Capt. Sassaman said.

The investigation isn’t over.  Wednesday, police served more search warrants, using a drug dog to sniff out an SUV.  They ended up making two more arrests.

“People go to great extents, do all kinds of things with drugs to hide them.  These dogs can sniff that out for us, so they’re an invaluable tool,” Capt. Sassaman said.

The total amount of drugs seized from the search warrants has yet to be determined.  As of Wednesday, they report they had seized 3.7 pounds of meth, seven pounds of heroin, and 2.5 pounds of cocaine, as well as firearms and approximately $95,000 in cash.

Approximately 180 officers and deputies from throughout the Willamette Valley and Oregon assisted with the service of the warrants.

This is an ongoing investigation.  If you have any information, you’re asked to call Corvallis police or the Department of Justice.

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