NORTH BEND — A South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT) led task force confiscated more than 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine Thursday morning. Law enforcement officials say it is the largest such seizure in Coos County history.
“It’s the largest to my knowledge,” SCINT Director Capt. Cal Mitts said, adding that 15 firearms, $46,000 in cash and a power generator had also been recovered during the search.
He said one of the firearms was stolen.
World reporter Sam Barbee was asleep in his apartment next door when the raid began.
"There was a loud bang and then I heard people shouting," he said. "Pretty much the weirdest way I've ever been woken up."
In total, five people were arrested: four men and one woman.
According to Mitts, the names of the individuals will be released by Monday at the latest.
He said the arrests were a product of an investigation spanning nearly two years.
Law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at around 9:30 a.m. to the home of Robert and Vicky Burell at 863 Montana Ave. in North Bend.
At least seven squad cars, including two Coos Bay, a Coquille Tribal Police Department, and two unmarked, undercover vehicles were on scene with about a dozen officers.
SCINT was assisted by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Douglas County Interagency Narcotics Team, the North Bend and Coos Bay police departments and the Coquille Indian Tribal Police Department and their narcotics K-9 unit.
North Bend Police Chief Robert Kappelman and Coos Bay Police Chief Gary McCullough were both present for the operation’s conclusion.
“This is an example of the importance of the need for interagency narcotics investigative efforts,” Kappelman said.
McCullough echoed his North Bend counterpart's sentiment.
“These types of operations are definitely good for the county,” he said. “It’s always good to get drugs off the street and make these kind of impacts.”
Thursday's operation marks the second time in as many months law enforcement seized more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine in North Bend.
In March, Oregon State Police confiscated 10.8 pounds of the illicit substance during a routine traffic stop.