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ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN KROGER ANNOUNCES MAJOR DRUG CASE

June 5, 2009

A large scale racketeering investigation targets Drug Trafficking Organizations in Clackamas and Washington Counties as well as drug dealing in Eugene.

Attorney General John Kroger today announced a major drug investigation that dismantled Drug Trafficking Organizations in Clackamas and Washington Counties that supplied drugs from Vancouver to Eugene.

"Operation Corridor Express is the largest state drug trafficking and racketeering investigation in recent history. The Oregon Department of Justice intends to continue aggressively pursuing sophisticated drug trafficking organizations operating in our state," said Attorney General Kroger.

All persons charged are presumed innocent under our Constitution until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The 18-month investigation involved more than 300 law enforcement officers, dozens of search warrants and wiretaps. It has resulted in 34 indictments so far.

The case started two years ago with a tip from a small marijuana case in Eastern Oregon. That led to Operation Campus Blow, which focused on a Eugene drug dealer whose clients included college students.

The next phase of the investigation, dubbed Operation Corridor Express, focused on major Drug Trafficking Organizations in Washington and Clackamas Counties. More than a dozen search warrants were served on locations in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties in late April and May.

Senior Assistant Attorneys General Darin Tweedt and Matt McCauley of the Oregon Department of Justice will prosecute the case as special deputy district attorneys in Washington, Clackamas and Lane Counties.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Contact:

Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 tony.green@doj.state.or.us |
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