PENDLETON - The Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team seized heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs Wednesday morning while serving a warrant in the 100 block of Northwest 12th Street.
Officers arrested five people while confiscating the drugs, BENT officials said.
Sadie Fern Lamberson, 22, of Pendleton will be charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (POCS), two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (DOCS) and five outstanding warrants, some of which were for POCS.
Sarah Rose Lamberson, 22, Carl Laurence Geiger, 43, and Delca Arae Miller, 18, all of Pendleton, will be charged with POCS and frequenting a place where drugs are sold.
Timothy Dee Kelley, 44, of Pendleton will be charged with POCS and DOCS.
BENT seized five ounces of heroin with an estimated street value of $14,000, a half an ounce of marijuana with an estimated street value of $200 and roughly $6,000 to $8,000 worth of prescription drugs including Xanex, Seroquel, Methadone, Oxycontin and Hydrochlorothiaziade.
A Pendleton Rite-Aid pharmacist said Xanex and Seroquel are used as anti-anxiety medications. Methadone, liquid Methadone and Oxycontin are narcotic pain medications, and Hydro-chlorothiaziade is a medication used to remove water from the system.
BENT also seized roughly $11,000 in suspected drug money.
Some of the possession charges were designated "within 1,000 feet of a school," which was Lincoln Primary School.
Wednesday afternoon Oregon State Police Det. Rick Jackson said the suspects had not been formally arraigned on charges.
Though five people were arrested, Jackson said the important impact of this operation was the seizures.
"What we focused on in this incident was the drugs," he said. "We took a substantial amount of heroin off the streets."
Jackson expects this seizure to have a positive impact on the drug market on the in Umatilla County.
"Evidence gathered in the investigation indicated that the heroin was being distributed through out the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton and Hermiston," Jackson said.
Though heroin isn't as large a problem in Umatilla County as methamphetamine, those addicted are substantially affected, Jackson said.
"You don't find an occasional heroin user," he said. "They're hard-core addicts."
The seizures and arrests capped a five-month investigation for BENT officials. They also were assisted by Pendleton Police's Canine Unit, which found the drugs on the property.
BENT comprises detectives from Pendleton, Milton-Freewater, Hermiston and Tribal police departments, Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Morrow County Sheriff's Office and Oregon National Guard.