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Two Eugene Residents Charged Related to Marijuana Growing Operations near Schools
06/12/2009
Sergeant Rob Edwards
OSP Drug Enforcement Section / INET
Office: (541) 465-6834

 
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Two Eugene-area residents were arrested by detectives assigned to the Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team (INET) Thursday following the execution of two search warrants at Eugene area homes, both which were within 1000 feet of a school.
 
On June 11, 2009 at 8:45 a.m., INET detectives served a search warrant at 4572 Avalon Street in Eugene. Contact at the residence was made with TERRY BRITTEN, age 38, and EMMA SCHWITZEL, age 29, and both were detained without incident. During a search of the residence detectives confirmed that BRITTEN and SCHWITZEL were growing marijuana in the master bedroom, garage and a large storage shed behind the residence. A total of 62 mature marijuana plants were found at the property, as well as processed marijuana in the kitchen, living room, master bedroom and garage. In addition, detectives found MDMA- Ecstasy in both tablet and powder form.
 
The residence where two children ages 7 and 9 also reside is within 600 feet of Danebo Elementary School.
 
After completing the search and evidence seizure, detectives went to a second location at 970 E. 44th Avenue which also belongs to BRITTEN and SCHWITZEL. During a search of the property detectives recovered a loaded handgun, processed marijuana, digital scales, packaging material, a drug debt /customer list, and 101 marijuana plants. The entire basement had been converted to support a marijuana growing operation. This property is within 800 feet of Eugene Christian School.
 
Electrical wiring of both homes had been altered and ventilation ports were cut in the exterior walls, roofs and interior drywall to support the marijuana growing operation.
 
BRITTEN and SCHWITZEL were each cited to appear in Lane County Circuit Court for:
 
1. Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana
2. Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, within 1000 feet of a school-Marijuana (2 counts)
3. Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana
4. Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana
5. Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a school-Marijuana (2 counts)
6. Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-MDMA (Ecstasy)
7. First Degree Child Neglect (2 counts)
8. Endangering the Welfare of a Minor (2 counts)
 
No photographs available of BRITTEN or SCHWITZEL.
 
The two children were released to their biological mother and detectives notified Department of Human Services.
 
INET is made up of detectives from the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.