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Six arrested in Milton-Freewater drug raid

Two arrested on felony warrants for possession and delivery of methamphetamines.
Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on October 17, 2017 7:07PM

Last changed on October 17, 2017 7:08PM

Police made six arrests during a Tuesday morning drug raid in Milton-Freewater.

Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team served a search warrant for the Blue Mountain Narcotics Team at approximately 5:10 a.m. at the home at 109 N.W. First Ave. Roberts is the director of the drug task force’s board.

He confirmed police made the following arrests:

• Kathy Ann Thomas, 50, for delivery and possession of methamphetamine and frequenting where drugs are kept and sold;

• Joseph Lee Sumerlin, 37, for delivery and possession of methamphetamine and frequenting;

• Shirley Mae Weems, 29, for frequenting;

• Cristobal Jaimes Rogel, 31, for frequenting;

• Timothy Lee Prock, 56, on a Milton-Freewater Municipal Court Warrant and for frequenting;

• and Jeffrey Carl Ellis, 29, for frequenting.

The frequenting charge is a misdemeanor, while Thomas and Sumerlin face felonies for the possession and delivery charges. All six remained in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, as of Tuesday evening.

Roberts did not provide details of the takedown.

This is the second BENT raid this year in Milton-Freewater. The team on May 31 arrested Adan Nievez Torres, 43, of 504 Elzora Loop, and Carlos Razo Cisneros, 43, of 1501 N. Elizabeth St., Space F in the Locust Mobile Village.

Torres has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts, including delivery and possession of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. Umatilla County Circuit Court records show he paid $150,000 on Aug. 16 to bail out of jail. His next court hearing is Nov. 16.

Cisneros faces four charges — methamphetamine delivery and possession, tampering with physical evidence, and unlawful possession of a firearm – and has pleaded not guilty to each. He remains out of jail on a conditional release and has a pre-trial conference Wednesday in circuit court in Pendleton.


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