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On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, a joint operation involving the FBI, DEA, and Central Oregon Drug Enforcement were involved.
As part of this operation, law enforcement also identified 11 drug-endangered minors. Jefferson County Child Welfare took immediate custody of five of these children, and the FBI filed mandatory child abuse reports for all identified minors. Law enforcement partnered with victim assistance programs within the FBI and Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office as well as with Jefferson County Child Welfare.
Since this investigation began in 2016, law enforcement believes the organization has trafficked both heroin and methamphetamine throughout Central Oregon. In a series of searches conducted in conjunction with the arrests on Wednesday, investigators also recovered ten weapons.
All defendants and charges are as follows:
Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
Lima, Mauricio, age 36 of Madras, Oregon
Dominguez, Isaac, age 32 of Madras, Oregon
Harper, Sherry, age 45 of Redmond, Oregon
Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
Boynton, Heather, age 26 of Madras, Oregon
Plazola, Desmond, age 29 of Warm Springs, Oregon
Barajas, Leonel, age 29 of Madras, Oregon
Billingsley, Trever, age 26 of Madras, Oregon
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
Parole violation charge (Jefferson County warrant)
Failure to Appear for theft 3rd degree (Deschutes County warrant)
Unlawful possession of methamphetamine (state charge)
Unlawful delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school (state charge)
Felon in possession of a firearm—three counts (state charges)
In addition to these arrests, CODE and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office previously arrested Colt Sipp, age 51 of Umatilla, Oregon, on state charges. He now also faces a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
“This unified law enforcement effort is a significant step in dismantling a drug trafficking organization profiting off the destruction of families and communities in Central Oregon suffering the ravages of drug addiction,” said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.
According to investigators, Lima and Dominguez are alleged to have operated two cells in the Madras, Oregon area, and, as such, served as distributors of methamphetamine and heroin to a large customer base in Central Oregon. The cells worked in coordination with each other to supply drugs and transfer funds to further the conspiracy using code in their communications in an attempt to hide their illegal activity. The investigators believe that the other defendants served under Lima and Dominguez to move the drugs to lower-level sellers and users.
“The work done by these agents, officers, detectives, and deputies will have real and lasting impacts for those who live in Central Oregon. This law enforcement team has, over a period of many months, taken direct aim at organized crime,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Loren Cannon in Oregon. “Together they have made our shared community safer by taking dangerous drugs and guns off the streets.”
“The successful operation this week was designed to counter the emerging threat in Central Oregon against organized crime fueled by methamphetamine and heroin trafficking,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.