EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department says a man they arrested last month who they accuse of selling drugs out of his home lives across the street from an elementary school and held a job working with children.
Eugene police arrested James Dupre last month.
We confirmed that Dupre was working at Eugene Creative Care on West 11th Ave. before his arrest.
Employees there would not elaborate on details of his position.
They say because it’s an open case, they can’t comment, but one staff member did say Dupre was fired as soon as they learned of his arrest.
Police say officers responded to Dupre’s home on the evening of December 19th, after a woman called to report a burglary in progress.
When police arrived on scene, they say they saw the two men leaving the home and getting into their car.
Police later stopped the car and arrested Frederic Reeves and Charles Lapraim on charges of burglary and meth possession.
But the didn’t didn’t end there, says Lieutenant Carolyn Mason.
“Officers responded back to the residence to make sure that there weren’t other burglars or involved persons in the home, and conducted a search, at which point they located drug paraphernalia and other evidence to indicate delivery of the drugs,” Mason said.
Officers then took Dupre into custody.
His home is located on the 3400 block of Royal Avenue, right across the street from Fairfield Elementary School, which police say is very troubling.
“Any time you’re selling drugs, there’s the risk of your home or your property being invaded by someone else, and when you’re that close to a school, you know, if it happened during the day, kids could have been nearby or present,” said Lieutenant Mason.