ROSEBURG, Ore. -- In a Tuesday afternoon raid, the Douglas Interangency Narcotics Team made what they are calling the largest heroin bust from a local dealer in many years.
At around 2:50 p.m., DINT served a search warrant at a home on 185 Lady Slipper Lane. Officials say the warrant was the result of a long investigation into heroin trafficking by Ronald Wilson, 55.
DINT detectives allege that Wilson had been going to Portland to buy the drugs, and would bring back dealer amounts of heroin to sell in Douglas County.
DINT Commander Curt Strickland says that the detectives made two controlled buys of heroin from Wilson prior to the search warrant.
Officials say that along with Wilson, they also arrested Bruce Connell, 51, of Roseburg, who they say had a small amount of heroin in his pocket. Connell was cited and released.
Wilson was taken into custody on numerous charges, after detectives say they found over eight ounces of heroin, $3,000 in cash, a pistol and other drug packaging materials in the residence. Police say the street value of the heroin seized, if sold in user amounts, was around $45,000.
DINT officials say that information from that bust led them to Vincent Anthony Garcia, 31, at his home at 1662 Hollis Street in Roseburg.
He was charged with unlawful possession of heroin after DINT says they found him in possession of 10 grams of the drug, with a street value of about $2,000.
A short time later, DINT arrested a fourth person after a drug deal went down in the Safeway parking lot on NE Stephens.
Officials say Chris Kelly, 54, came to the parking lot and was observed buying a small amount of heroin.
DINT officials say this is the largest heroin seizure from a local dealer in many years.