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Junction City Drug Bust Suspects Return

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Just days after six people were arrested in Junction City in a drug bust, a number of the suspects have been released.

Now neighbors say they’re back at the house police raided.

Police arrested six people and took three children into protective custody Friday morning in the 1100 block of Juniper Street. Five of the six people arrested face drug charges related to meth.

Neighbors are speaking out about the quick release of the releases of the suspects.

Three out of the six people arrested at the house Friday are out of jail. Neighbors say they were home Sunday, which frustrates them because they say those who live in the neighborhood are afraid for their safety.

Troy Malpass, who was charged with two felony counts of unlawful delivery and two felony counts of unlawful possession of meth, was released from the Lane County Jail on a conditional release. Robert Keeney and Andrew Gullickson were also released from the Junction City Jail.

Neighbors say they’ve heard screaming in the streets and seen fights as well as a recent drive-by shooting. They’re not surprised they were released, but that doesn’t mean they’re happy about it.

“They build up a case and then prosecutors just turn around and say hey we got nothing on them. They let them go. Next thing you know they’re over here again. All it does is take up police’s time, screws up the neighborhood,” said neighbor Mike Gue.

Breanna Spaulding, who was charged with a felony count of child neglect and frequenting known drug house, is still in jail, as well as John Johnson.

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  1. Ruth Shields says:

    I can see why police get tired of their frustrating jobs…It’s like a dog catcher bringing in rabid dogs, just to have the prosecutors say “they haven’t bitten any one yet”…Lets wait till they bite several people then we will prosecute…well pardner, this is not the way the law was written..There seemed to be enough evidence in the house to prosecute all of them, if not directly, then indirectly. The woman doesn’t deserve to have any children under her control. She should be neutered so she doesn’t have any more children she wont take care of.

  2. Kate says:

    This is how the law works. If someone gets arrested for a drug crime, or any crime other than murder, it takes a while for the prosecutor to build a case and in the mean time the arrested individuals are released on bail. This is ‘normal’. The real issue will be getting these people back in front of a judge when the time comes.

    It’s too bad really for the neighborhood where these types live. It’s just an eye-sore, and I don’t blame the neighbors for being scared. Maybe the person that owns the home can have them evicted? Nail up the windows and doors for a while then clean the place up? Although, these types have more than likely cooked the drug there and ruined the house. Sad state of affairs, but at least they are going after the ‘right’ types!

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