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Baker County Drug Investigation Arrests
02/19/2010
Sergeant Ty Duby
Drug Enforcement Section
East Region
(541) 523-5868

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Several investigations during the last four months by members of the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team during the last four months led to the arrest this week of 14 people. One of the investigations focused on a major methamphetamine supplier in Grant, Crook and Baker counties that linked ten of the suspects arrested to the main supplier.
 
In the fall of 2009, Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team and John Day Police Department identified RODNEY ALEN ROOKSTOOL, age 49, from John Day, as a major supplier of methamphetamine in Grant, Crook and Baker counties. The Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team started an investigation to not only target the ROOKSTOOL, but also to identify individuals receiving narcotics from him. A series of undercover drug purchases led to the issuance of search warrants for ROOKSTOOL's person, residence and vehicles.
 
On January 4, 2010, ROOKSTOOL was stopped near North Powder, Oregon just after exiting Interstate 84. Detectives executed search warrants for him and the vehicle that subsequently led to the seizure of about 1/4 pound of methamphetamine, about 1/2 pound of marijuana, a .45 handgun, and about $1900 cash. A Bend-area female identified as CHRISTINE DILLON, age 46, was with ROOKSTOOL and cited and released to appear on a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.
 
Additional search warrants were served during the following days at ROOKSTOOL's John Day residence where detectives found and seized $25,000 cash, thousands of dollars worth of stolen property, and a small amount of methamphetamine.
 
Subsequent to this ongoing investigation and evidence seized while serving the search warrants, ROOKSTOOL has been indicted by Baker County and Grant County grand juries for nearly 40 felony crimes ranging from methamphetamine trafficking to stolen property.
 
In connection with the ROOKSTOOL investigation, the following nine persons have been arrested this week:
 
* Michael Robbins, age 42, from Baker City, arrested February 16th for three counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and three counts of Solicitation to Deliver Methamphetamine.
* Duane Chandler, age 40, from Baker City, arrested February 16th for Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and Solicitation to Deliver Methamphetamine.
* Destiny Dawn Burril, age 26, from John Day, arrested February 17th for Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and Solicitation to Deliver Methamphetamine.
* Debra Burril, age 54, from John Day, arrested February 17th for Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and Solicitation to Deliver Methamphetamine.
* Tina Day Couey, age 40, from John Day, arrested February 17th for two counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and two counts of Solicitation to Deliver Methamphetamine.
* Theresa Placencia, age 46, from John Day, arrested February 17th for Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and Solicitation to Deliver Methamphetamine.
* Etoile Benge, age 36, from Canyon City, arrested February 17th for three counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, three counts of Solicitation to Deliver Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
* Ingo Wedde, age 50, from Prairie City, arrested February 17th for Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and Solicitation to Deliver Methamphetamine.
* Curtis Heard, age 42, from Canyon City, arrested February 17th for Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and Solicitation to Deliver Methamphetamine.
 
Christine Dillon was also arrested February 18th at ROOKSTOOL's residence for Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a School, and Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine.
 
Members of the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team investigating these cases are comprised of detectives from the Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, Baker County Sheriff's Office, and Baker City Police Department. Important assistance was provided by officers from John Day Police Department, Baker City Police Department, Baker County Sheriff's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team.
 
A separate undercover narcotics investigation by the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team also led to three more arrests this week for the following individuals:
 
* Jesse Linscott, age 24, from Baker City, arrested February 15th for Unlawful Deliver of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.
* Jeffrey Sult, age 37, from North Powder, arrested February 15th for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.
* Jake Fischer, age 26, from Baker City, arrested February 16th for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.