News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2009
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Oregon Law Enforcement Crack the Largest State Drug and
Racketeering Case

JUN 11 -- (Portland) – Law enforcement officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN) and the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on June 3, 2009, the culmination of a lengthy investigation into a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization in Washington County. Interagency cooperation throughout the area resulted in the takedown of one of Oregon’s largest state Racketeering cases in recent history, dubbed ‘Operation Corridor Express’. Law enforcement have arrested 33 subjects connected to this organization and have seized over 22 kilograms of cocaine, five ounces of methamphetamine, 10 guns and five vehicles.

The sophisticated and complex investigation began in the fall of 2007 with a single tip to police in Eastern Oregon. The drug distribution ring had direct ties to Mexico and was suspected of importing methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin into the Portland-Metro area. During the investigation, 19 search warrants were served, of which 18 were in Washington County. In addition, to the Washington County cases/arrests, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau wrapped up their portion of this investigation with an additional 11 arrests.

This operation was unique in the Washington County area in that the Oregon DOJ supplied attorneys and funding that allowed this criminal organization to be dismantled and charged under the Oregon RICO statutes. For those who have been charged under RICO, if convicted, these statutes carry heavy penalties.

The interagency cooperation at all levels, is attributed to the success of these investigations. The following agencies have contributed to this operation: Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN), Oregon Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), United States Marshal’s Service, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Oregon National Guard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Forest Grove Police Departments, Clackamas County and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices, Portland Police Bureau, Regional Organized Crime Narcotics Task Force (ROCN) and the Oregon State Police.