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Posted on: December 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] CSPT-funded Street Crimes Unit investigation uncovers large amounts of drugs on I-5 corridor

K9 Jack smiles on top of a folding table with a lot of packaged drugs next to him

An ongoing Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit investigation revealed a substantial shipment of controlled substances coming north on the I-5 corridor. SCU officers were assisted EPD Special Investigation Unit detectives as well as outside agency partners to include Douglas County Interagency Narcotics Team, detectives from the Ashland area, and the DEA. The interagency cooperation allowed monitoring of the vehicle as it traveled toward Lane County from California. 


The Community Safety Payroll Tax-funded SCU team stopped the vehicle on Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove and contacted the occupants: 40-year-old Eugene resident Nicholas Anthony Speck, and 38-year-old Eugene resident Jill Marie Souvannakhot. EPD Narcotic Detection K9 Jack alerted to the presence of controlled substances at the vehicle. Following a search of the vehicle, officers seized approximately 49 pounds of methamphetamine. Both suspects were charged with Possession/ Delivery of Methamphetamine (Substantial Quantity) and lodged at the Lane County Jail.  


SCU is funded by the City of Eugene’s Community Safety Payroll Tax and works in concert with communities to help solve issues. The unit focuses on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips, and other sources. They proactively respond 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. 


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