Alert cops spot meth mule, seize pounds of dope

This wasn’t the huge drug bust this week that you’ve probably heard about – but it’s a good example of how outer East Portland police officers use their detective skills to get meth off our streets …

All of this methamphetamine wasn’t found in a house or a car – it was stashed in the bag of a man walking in the Rosewood area. PPB photo

Story by David F. Ashton
Because it wasn’t as big a story as the “largest drug bust in history” that took place in western Portland the following day – this good police work didn’t make the news.

But, police officers are trained observers, and spend hours in patrol cars looking at people and activities in neighborhoods – so they get pretty good at spotting things that look out of the ordinary.

And here’s an example: Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct district officers were patrolling the Rosewood area – south of the MAX line, and near the Gresham city border – when they saw a man walking during the mid afternoon hours of September 14.

“Officers stopped and contacted the individual as he was walking eastbound on SE Stark Street near 153rd Avenue. During the contact, officers obtained consent to search the man’s bag,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Peter Simpson.

What they found wasn’t dirty laundry or groceries, Simpson said. The Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division responded and assisted East Precinct officers with the investigation.

“They found nearly six pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $268,000,” Simpson reported.

Police charge that this man, 45-year-old Javier Javier-Carillo, was toting almost six pounds of meth in his bag. MCDC photo

MCDC records show that 45-year-old Javier Javier-Carillo of Pasco, Washington, was arrested at 3:10 p.m., and charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine, and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

In addition to being held on $55,000 bail for the drug charges, Javier-Carillo also remains at the Multnomah County’s Inverness Jail on a United States Immigration “hold” order.

© 2011 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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