COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- A Coquille man man and woman were arrested on the Fourth of July for drug-related charges in the Fairview area of Coos County.
Just after 5 p.m. that day, a Coos County Sheriff's deputy and a Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement Ranger were conducting patrol checks of BLM Lands on Lee Valley Road due to recent dumping of garbage in the area. The area has river access and is commonly referred to as the "Lee Valley Boy Scout Camp," which is what it had been in the 1970s and 1980s.
When the deputy parked and started walking down a dirt road, he saw a black Saturn sedan pull onto the road, appearing to head for the main Lee Valley Road. The car then stopped and backed up rapidly.
"The deputy ran towards the vehicle, suspecting nefarious behavior was afoot," the Coos County Sheriff's Office said in their news release. "In the short distance the deputy found the car sitting with the driver side door open and a woman in the passenger side of the car. Deducing the driver had fled on foot, the deputy detained the woman for investigation." The BLM ranger arrived shortly after to assist.
K9 officer Odin and his handler were called to the scene and tracked down toward the river (the North Fork of the Coquille River) and then turned upstream. The suspect was discovered hiding in thick brush off of the trail beside the river upstream about 75 yards, the report said.
Chad Stevenson, 49, of Coquille, was taken into custody for active arrest warrants out of Douglas County, Oregon, for contempt of court and an abscond warrant for parole and probation out of Siskiyou County, California.
This marked K9 Odin’s 69th career capture.
Investigation of the vehicle and occupants yielded a quantity of methamphetamine which was packaged separately for sale (approximately 4 grams), extra packaging material (small plastic baggies), scales commonly used for measuring quantities of narcotics, and a large sum of money (over $2,000 in US Currency), police said. The items were seized.
The woman, identified as Maryanne Roberts, 40, of Coquille, had the individually packaged bindles of methamphetamine in her purse, police said.
Both were arrested and transported to the Coos County Jail.
Stevenson was being held at the Coos County Jail on the no-bail warrant for abscond from California, was cited for unlawful possession of methamphetamine ($25,000 bail) and cited for the contempt of court warrant from Douglas County ($5,000 bail). He will be referred to the Coos County district attorney for Manufacture of a Controlled Substance (Schedule I).
Roberts was cited and released after booking for unlawful possession of methamphetamine and will be referred for Manufacture of a Controlled substance (Schedule I).