Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett reminds residents that it is critical that member agencies of the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) continue to staff it so the county’s fight against drug dealers and drug use can be maintained. Newport recently threatened to pull out of LINT due to budgetary constraints but eventually found a way to remain a member. LINT is made up of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and police departments, in conjunction with Oregon State Police.
Bovett highlighted a recent case in which George Galstaun, 49 of Newport, was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to a long prison term on a very complicated drug sales case involving children.
Bovett stressed that prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels among young people nationwide and that “these powerful drugs can lead to a lifetime of addiction that devastates lives and families. They also kill.” Deputy District Attorney Michelle Branam, who prosecuted Galstaun said the case sends an important message that “we will hold accountable those who deal drugs like OxyContin and Methadone to kids. LINT does a phenomenal job protecting our community and families from the plague of neighborhood drug dealing. These are the types of cases that patrol officers simply do not have the time or resources to investigate.”
District Attorney Rob Bovett recently implored the Newport City Council to do whatever was necessary, budget-wize, to ensure that the Newport Police Department would be able to continue participating in LINT operations. At that time Oregon State Police, which acts as LINT’s coordinating agency, had determined that without Newport’s involvement, the agency would have to be disbanded due to lack of adequate manpower. Today, Newport remains a member of the agency. Other members include Oregon State Police, Toledo Police, Lincoln City Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.