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Interagency Tillamook Narcotics Team Investigation Leads to Seizure of 7 lbs of Methamphetamine, Guns & 2 Arrests in Salem
April 18, 2014


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Following a lengthy multi-agency investigation led by the Tillamook Narcotics Team (TNT), in conjunction with the DEA – Salem Task Force, detectives arrested two Salem-area residents and seized approximately 7 pounds of methamphetamine, seven guns (two stolen), ammunition, cash and a clandestine methamphetamine reduction lab. The drug, property and evidence seizures were the result of a traffic stop and subsequent search warrant served at a residence.
 
During the early morning hours of April 18, 2014, a traffic stop was conducted on a 2002 Subaru Impreza driven by LISANDRO SANCHEZ, age 23, from Salem. During the stop, a drug detection canine alerted on the vehicle in which a secret compartment was found containing approximately 6.5 lbs of packaged methamphetamine. SANCHEZ was taken into custody as the investigation continued.
 
Detectives later served a search warrant SANCHEZ’s residence at 2270 Hyde Street SE in Salem where they arrested his girlfriend, CHERYL PURCELL, age 24. During a search of the residence and property, detectives found a methamphetamine reduction lab in a back yard shed. OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives trained in processing clandestine labs responded to the residence to process and clean-up the lab.
 
Located in the residence was approximately a half pound of methamphetamine, 7 firearms (two of which had previously been reported stolen), drug records and other evidence.
 
LISANDRO SANCHEZ was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:
 
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm (7 counts)
* Theft by Receiving (2 counts)
* Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine (2 counts)
* Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine (3 counts)
* Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold
 
CHERYL PURCELL was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:
 
* Theft by receiving (2 counts)
* Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold
 
TNT is comprised of members from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police.
 
The DEA Task Force is comprised of members from DEA, Department of Justice, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Salem Police Department, and Oregon State Police.

Questions should be directed to Tillamook County Sheriff's Office TNT supervisor.