Washington man charged for heroin possession in OR
On Tuesday, Oregon State Police arrested a 24-year-old man from Marysville, Washington on Interstate 5 near Wilsonville after finding 3 ounces of heroin and a concealed loaded, among other items.
The arrest occurred just before noon after troopers receiving a complaint that the man's 2000 Jeep was failing to stay in its lane. Upon investigating the man's vehicle, police found 3 ¼ ounces of a substance believed to be heroin, as well as a small amount of marijuana, and other related evidence. Police said the estimated value of the heroin was $4,000.
Upon searching the man's person, they found a loaded 9mm handgun concealed on his hip. Upon searching for registration, the firearm listed that it had been stolen out of Washington.
Police took the man into custody on charges of unlawful possession, distribution and manufacture of a controlled substance, theft in the first degree, and unlawful possession of a firearm. The man is currently being held in Clackamas County Jail
Sources said the Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section is part of the investigation.
Heroin charges are met with the particularly strong prosecution in Oregon, largely as a result of recent increases in heroin overdose deaths. Penalties for such offenses are harsh and becoming increasingly so. Because defendants in these cases face such strong prosecution, it is particularly important to obtain effective legal representation.
Defendants are not always entirely free of guilt, but in each case, prosecutors need to be held accountable and defendants have the right to the best representation possible.