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Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team Investigations Lead to Multiple Arrests on Methamphetamine Charges

August 9, 2013

Two recent investigations by the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) led to several arrests in Lincoln County.

In the first case, six people were arrested Monday related to a methamphetamine-related investigation by the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) in Newport. On August 5, 2013, LINT detectives and Newport Police Department served a search warrant at a Newport-area motel following an investigation into a complaint that several people were frequenting a room. While executing the search warrant, investigators seized over a quarter of an ounce of methamphetamine, other evidence, and a bicycle valued at $1,000 that had been reported stolen in July from a camper at South Beach State Park. The following five suspects were in the motel room and arrested:

* HEATHER LYN JELLISON, age 39, was arrested for Unlawful Possession and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine

* BRANDY SANCHEZ, age 34, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear with bail listed at $2 million

* NICOLAS JAMES WRIGHT, age 33, was arrested for Unlawful Deliver, Possession and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine

* JERRY CREEK SEWELL, age 35, was arrested for Frequenting a Place Where Controlled Substances are Kept or Sold

* JAMIE RENEE TURK, age 20, who was in the room before police arrived, was arrested for Probation Violation by Newport Police Department

Based upon information developed, LINT detectives and Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers set up surveillance for a person who was enroute from Toledo to Newport to deliver methamphetamine. The vehicle was spotted and stopped in Newport on Coos Street north of Highway 20. The female driver and male passenger was contacted and further investigation led to the discovery of over 5 grams of methamphetamine and cash. The male passenger, DAVID ALMADA, age 40, from Salem, was arrested for Unlawful Possession, Delivery, and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine. The woman was not arrested.

In the second case, four people were arrested July 30, 2013, related to an investigation and search warrant service at 426 SW 2nd Street, Apartment #9, in Newport. LINT detectives, Newport Police Department, and Lincoln County Animal Control went to the apartment and seized a small amount of methamphetamine, along with associated evidence. Animal control personnel removed a large number of cats, two dogs and an exotic bird.

Two people were arrested at the apartment identified as KENNA JEAN DAVIDSON, age 41, and JACK LEE NELSON, age 45. They are being charged with Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine, and Child Neglect in the First Degree. A teenage girl was living with the suspects, so Department of Human Services was notified for follow up.

Information developed during the investigation indicated a person was traveling to the coastal area to deliver methamphetamine. LINT detectives and OSP troopers set up surveillance and spotted the vehicle in Eddyville. After stopping the vehicle, LINT detectives seized over an ounce of methamphetamine and arrested RANDY RAY MILLER, age 56, and LISA MARIE LAMASTUS, age 32, from Wilsonville. A Newport K-9 unit assisted during the traffic stop and arrest.

Further investigation is continuing related to both cases.

LINT is comprised of members from Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.


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