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Drug bust on reservation nets five

Published on November 14, 2017 8:28PM

MISSION – A drug bust early Tuesday on the Umatilla Indian Reservation resulted in five arrests and the seizure of methamphetmine and marijuana.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in a written statement reported police at about 5 a.m. raided 1 East St. and arrested the following: Timothy Burns, 38; Brianna Gillette, 32; Lyndi McKenzie, 73; Christina Jones, 26; and Ashley Sampson 31.

All five are in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, under CTUIR crimes of dangerous drugs, criminal activity in drugs or criminal drug promotion, according the statement. State charges also apply, including possession of methamphetamine and frequenting or maintaining a place where drugs are kept or sold.

Police had a search warrant to conduct the raid, according to the statement, and seized about 8 grams of meth, 8 ounces of marijuana, marijuana oil and dabs, scales and packaging material, one firearm, and U.S. currency.

The CTUIR reported a Umatilla Tribal Police Department officer who works with the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team led the investigation. BENT, tribal police, the FBI and the regional SWAT team participated in the take down.


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