Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit has been aware of a possible location of drug activity, an apartment at 100 E. 11th Avenue, for a long while. A suspect, Sharon Eigner, age 52, who lives there, had been associating with a group of drug dealers. Officers conducted a sting and Eigner agreed to meet and sell heroin to them.
Eigner requested the meeting to occur at 1166 Oak Street, First Christian Church, where she is a volunteer. When she was contacted by officers, she was found to be in possession of individually packaged amounts of heroin with customer name labels on them. Eigner was among several of her associates, so officers from the EPD Downtown Bicycle Team responded to the area and assisted with the arrest. A search warrant was applied for and granted. During the search officers located additional evidence of narcotics delivery, shipping marijuana out of state and further evidence showing her association with a group of drug dealers. In total SCU seized more than 40 items and EPD Evidence Control staff responded to help lodge the items.
Eigner was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine. (Additional drugs found included codeine, methadone, suboxone, psilocybin mushrooms and various other schedule IV pills.) Case number 19-21016
On December 19 at 1:25 p.m., Street Crimes Unit observed Chad Stephen Swegle, age 27, commit a pedestrian violation on River Road near Owosso Drive. When the officer attempted to stop him, Swegle was slow to stop and when he finally did stop he was not cooperative and refused to take his hands out of his pockets. Swegle appeared under the influence of an illegal controlled substance. He was found to have two warrants for his arrest and had possession of heroin, methamphetamine, and a concealed pair of nunchucks.
Swegle was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance Meth, Possession of Restricted Weapon by Felon, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, False Information to Police and two warrants. Case number 19-21012
Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit
The SCU has been focusing on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips and other sources. They have been proactively responding across the city to quality of life issues as they arise, using all available resources and partners such as community groups, neighborhood associations and city services.
SCU is dedicated to targeting immediate and acute community safety system issues while working toward mission-critical enhancements that need to be addressed through a longer-term and broader community safety initiative. The unit currently consists of a lieutenant, two sergeants and eight officers.