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Posted on: December 27, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Street Crimes Unit Activity Results in Seizures of Guns and Drugs

Photo of drugs and money seized during arrest by Street Crimes Unit

On December 23, at 3:20 p.m., Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit officers were in the W. 18th/Pierce area. Two officers contacted a male pedestrian, later identified as Dwayne Allen Parham, age 32, of Springfield, who committed a pedestrian violation. He reported to be canning in the area. A bit later, an officer observed Parham hide methamphetamines in the rear bumper of his truck after speaking with another man. Both men got into vehicles and officers were able to stop the two vehicles at the same time: the pickup driven by Parham, and a Chrysler 300 driven by Dustin Eugene Bridges, age 37, of Springfield. Bridges was found to be Driving While Suspended. During a mobile vehicle search of Bridges’ vehicle, officers found almost one pound methamphetamine and one half pound of heroin. This stop was within 1,000 feet of Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Bridges was charged with Delivery of Heroin, Possession of Heroin 1 Gram or More, Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Methamphetamine 2 Grams or More. Parham was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine Prior Felony Conviction, and Driving While Suspended. Case Number 19-21278


Search Warrant – December 26 - Case Number

On December 26, at about 6:30 a.m., SCU conducted an early morning search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Armstrong with the assistance of SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, Animal Welfare, K9 and EPD Bailiff. They arrested six individuals under case 19-20882, and seized three firearms as well as various forms of narcotics. One of the seized guns was a confirmed stolen firearm from a recent Unlawful Use Vehicle at Macy’s on December 10 at 10:38 p.m., listed under case 1920450.

Arrested were:

Jennifer Elizabeth Gwin, age 40 of Eugene, on charges of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine

Kristopher Scott Freed, age 36, no address, on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine (2+ grams, felony), Frequenting a Place Where Controlled Substances are Used, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine (Parole Violation), Warrant

Ryan Robert Coller, age 43, of Eugene, on charges of Unlawful Possession Controlled Substance Schedule II

Dylan Patrick Shumate, age 27, of Eugene, on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin (Misdemeanor)

Deborah Marlene Green, age 45, of Eugene, on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine (Misdemeanor)

Joshua Cuevas, age 36, of Eugene, on charges of Frequenting a Place Where Controlled Substances are Used

Arrest for Heroin Possession, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon 

On December 26 at 3:45 p.m., officers observed a Martin Lee Nelms, age 40, of Eugene, leaving a known drug house in the 15th and Lincoln area and he was known to have a warrant. Officers contacted him and arrested him on the warrant. During a search incident to arrest, officers found Nelms was in possession of heroin and a restricted weapon (knife that opens with a spring). Nelms was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin, Felon in Possession Restricted Weapon and a warrant. Case Number 1921436

Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Methamphetamine leads to Search Warrant and Drug Delivery Arrest after SCU obtained information of wanted individuals staying at the Timber’s Motel, 1015 Pearl Street, they began observing the room where they were located. On December 26 at 2:57 p.m., they spotted the individuals coming and going from the room, and then took them into custody as they were exiting. An officer applied for and was granted a search warrant that was executed on December 27 at about 12:15 a.m. The search found evidence of Drug Delivery by Travis Lee Potts, age 30, of Eugene, who had been arrested on a felony assault warrant. Additional charges were added of Unlawful Delivery Controlled Substance Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine and Theft in the Second Degree (Bicycle theft that occurred outside Straub Hall at UO on April 15, 2019 – Case Number 19-05592). The bike was taken into custody to be returned to the 20-year-old owner. Arrested in addition to Potts during the initial contact were Lindsay Elizabeth Denton, age 25, of Eugene, charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of Heroin, two counts of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, False Information to a Police Officer, and two counts of Failure to Appear. And, Katherine Ann Black, age 32, no address. charged with four warrants

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.

The unit currently consists of a lieutenant, two sergeants and eight officers.

SCU is a tangible outcome of the one-time,18-month bridge funding by Eugene City Council that has been dedicated to targeting immediate and acute community safety system issues while working toward mission-critical enhancements that will be addressed through a longer-term and broader community safety initiative. At their June 10, 2019 Work Session, City Council passed a payroll tax ordinance to provide long-term funding after the bridge funding expires on June 30, 2020. The Community Safety Payroll Tax is expected to generate $23.6 million annually to provide faster, more efficient safety responses, deter crime, connect people to services, engage and help at-risk youth, support more investigations and court services, and add jail beds to reduce capacity-based releases and hold those who commit crimes accountable.

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