Neighbors’ tips lead to big drug bust

Learn more about these outer East Portland traffic stops, in the Lents neighborhood, that led to a huge stash of drugs in Brentwood-Darlington …

Officers stand by, while Portland Police Bureau Street Crimes Unit members raid a reported drug house.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Information provided by alert, concerned neighbors about a suspected “drug house” in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood paid off, when Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers arrested two men on September 16.

“Officers assigned to East Precinct’s Neighborhood Response Team and Street Crimes Unit were made aware of drug activity in the neighborhood and took action,” explained PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Brad Yakots.

Police units move in, as a suspect in a car just down the street is about to be taken into custody.

Watching the suspects, officers stopped them as they attempted to drive away from the location, and then went on to search a nearby house located on SE Knapp Street, Yakots told East Portland News.

On the left are is the gun, ammo, and money taken in the raid; on the right are the suspected stolen goods found at the house. PPB provided images

At the residence, the following was seized by officers:

  • 2.4 Pounds Of Methamphetamine
  • .75 Pounds Of Heroin
  • 125 Xanax Pills
  • About $7,000 Actual U.S. Currency
  • Approximately $1,400 Counterfeit U.S. Currency
  • 2 Firearms
  • More than $2,000 in stolen property

“An investigation is continuing regarding the firearms and stolen property that was recovered,” Yakots said.

Facing numerous felony drug charges is 47-year-old Donald Beasley. MCDC booking photo

Officers arrested 47-year-old Donald Beasley, and booked him into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 4:29 p.m. that afternoon on charges of methamphetamine and heroin possession and delivery, as well as “Felon in Possession of a Firearm”.

At his arraignment, Beasley learned he’d be held on the felony charges at Inverness Jail in lieu of $132,500 bail.

Being held on parole violation and drug charges is 42-year-old Jason Michael Blythe. MCDC booking photo

Later that evening, at 11:54 p.m., 42-year-old Jason Michael Blythe was also booked into the MCDC on one count of delivery of heroin and one count of delivery of methamphetamine along with one count of felon in possession of a firearm and a parole violation.

Blythe was ordered to be being held, without bail, on the parole violation charges. At his arraignment, he learned that his combined bail on the drug-related charges totaled $131,500. Blythe remains in custody at MCDC.

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