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Two arrested in Winston after drug bust

A Winston man wanted for over a year is finally under arrest, and lodged at the Douglas County Jail.

Posted: Apr 11, 2019 7:43 AM
Updated: Apr 11, 2019 9:45 AM

WINSTON, Ore. -- A Winston man wanted for over a year was finally arrested Tuesday.

The Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team had been investigating Rick Whitehurst, 29, for distributing large amounts of drugs from his Winston-area home.

On Tuesday police found Whitehurst in his car on Northwest Civil Bend Avenue, along with Tessa Smithey, 20, of Sutherlin. Police said they were both in possession of heroin.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Whitehurst's home and found brown powder heroin known as "Gunpowder," a small amount white powder known as "China White," along with methamphetamine, cocaine, a loaded handgun and large amounts of cash.

Whitehurst's home is within 1,000 feet of McGovern Elementary school.

Whitehurst and Smithey are currently in the Douglas County jail.  

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