Tillamook and Lincoln County authorities round up five drug sales suspects; Gleneden, Tillamook to Salem
Jennifer Deriso, top right
Zak Harris, bottom left
James Burlington, bottom right
Joshua Krumwiede, bottom
A three month long investigation by narcotics detectives from three counties led to the arrest of five suspected drug traffickers this week, who were charged with distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana among others.
Two search warrants were used at a Highway 18 residence near Otis and another on Salal Avenue in Gleneden Beach. The Otis residence yielded nearly a pound of methamphetamine, more than 130 marijuana plants, several pounds of dried marijuana, and other related evidence. In Gleneden Beach, a search warrant yielded methamphetamine, 35 marijuana plants, dried marijuana and more related evidence. During the Gleneden Beach search a car pulled up with Zak Harris of Toledo at the wheel who, detectives say, was there to pick up drugs for distribution. He was immediately arrested.
Detectives say evidence recovered during the search warrants led them to link much of the drugs to a wanted fugitive believed responsible for supplying large amounts of meth to Tillamook and Lincoln Counties. Federal Marshals were alerted and they tracked down Joshua Krumwiede, 35, in West Salem. When arrested Krumwiede was in possession of two stolen handguns, heroin and meth. He was arrested on drug and weapons charges.
Others arrested in the sweep were Shane Lawson, 42 of Lincoln City for making and delivering meth and marijuana, and child neglect. Jennifer Deriso, 38, Lincoln City for making and delivering meth and marijuana, child neglect and for maintaining a place where drugs are sold. Zak Harris, 28, Toledo for attempted delivery of meth and criminal conspiracy. James Burlington, 45, Gleneden Beach, for possession of and making and distribution of meth and marijuana, maintaining a place where drugs are sold and theft.
Investigators said that much of the drug activity was operated under the guise of a legal marijuana grow for supplying legal participants under Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program. A LINT team representative said people who abuse the program to illegally profit from it will be pursued and prosecuted.
The LINT Team is comprised of members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office. The Tillamook Narcotics Team is comprised of the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police.