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Four people were arrested Thursday morning (May 19) when  members

of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of

Oregon State Police SWAT and Umatilla/Morrow County Drug team

executed a search warrant at 1499 Townsend Road in Hermiston.

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It was the second major drug bust in Hermiston in a week. Earlier

in the week, officials from the Umatilla/Morrow County Drug team

(BENT) arrested 11 people in another Hermiston sweep. 

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Sheriff’s Deputies blocked off a portion of Townsend Road, North of

Hwy 207, for a little more than an hour to protect the team of

officers going into the house, camp trailers and outbuildings on

the property.

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During the search warrant, Ricardo Maldonado-Vicente (19), Edith

Pito Flores (23), Shannon Kathleen Farrington (40), and Donna Sue

Wilson (31) were arrested on several charges and lodged in Umatilla

County Jail. There were also three juveniles found inside the

residence. Two were  under 5 and the third was 12. 

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Agencies involved in the search were Umatilla County Sheriff’s

Office, BENT, Hermiston Police Department, Oregon State Police, and

Department of Human Services/Child Protection agency.

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During the search, methamphetamine, packaging material and cutting

agent were discovered, along with a small amount of marijuana.

There was also a stolen firearm and other recovered items that were

previously reported in five separate burglaries.

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“The individuals involved in this are accused of trading

methamphetamine for stolen items,” said Undersheriff Terry

Rowan.

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Farrington was charged with theft by receiving, frequenting a place

where controlled substances are used, possession of methamphetamine

and endangering the welfare of a minor.

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Maldonado was charged with possession of methamphetamine,

manufacture and felivery of Methamphetamine, frequenting a place

where controlled substances are used, theft by receiving, three

counts of recklessly endangering the welfare of a minor, forgery I

and animal neglect,. An  immigration hold was placed on him. 

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Flores was charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacture

and delivery of methamphetamine, frequenting a place where

controlled substances are used, theft by receiving, three counts of

recklessly endangering the welfare of a minor, forgery I and animal

neglect.

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Wilson was charged with Hermiston Municipal warrant for failure to

pay fines, theft by receiving, frequenting a place where controlled

substances are used, possession of methamphetamine and endangering

the welfare of a minor.

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The Juveniles were placed in the care of the Department of Human

Services/Child Protection agency.

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All reports and information will be sent to the Umatilla County

District Attorney’s Office.


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