Police arrest three in Portland raid; fourth suspect still free

Officers from the Portland Police bureau's Neighborhood Response Team are searching for the owner of a house they recently raided that was identified by local residents as a probable drug house. Three people were arrested; a fourth suspect is still at large.

After neighbors complained to police about suspicious activities in the residence several times, the Portland Police started their investigation by serving a search warrant for the Clatsop Street house. They recovered stolen properties and arrested two men and a woman but failed to apprehend the owner of the house, a 30-year-old man who has an outstanding warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

Those arrested face one count each of frequenting a place where drugs are used, and they were taken to the Justice Center Jail. Police are seeking information from the public on the location of the homeowner.

Drug charges are as serious in Oregon as anywhere in the country, and their severity escalates depending on the facts surrounding each case. In this raid, it was not evident whether police recovered drugs that could link those arrested for drug crimes, but the results of and evidence from the police investigation may be enough to prove a defendant's criminal liability.

Charges of possessing, manufacturing and distributing illegal drugs and other controlled substances often carry mandatory prison or jail sentences. In addition, an accused person may be subject to fines, mandatory rehabilitation or therapy or probation. Any case that goes to trial creates a public record that can affect a person's reputation undercut their employment opportunities and limit social activities.

In criminal proceedings, all accused people have the right to defend themselves against the charges. Anyone accused of a crime should speak with an attorney to review the facts of their case and mount the best possible defense.


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