ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Three men involved in a meth distribution operation were arrested Tuesday night within around three hours of each other at locations across Douglas County, the Douglas County Narcotics Team said.
Douglas County Narcotics Team (or DINT) Officials said that they found an elaborate distribution system that used rural drop off points to try to stay under the radar. Originally, police were looking to arrest the men for their part in several controlled buys of meth, but authorities say they found a little more.
According to DINT, police arrested James Vickers, 50 of Roseburg, just before 9 p.m. Tuesday for his involvement in a controlled buy of methamphetamine. Police made the arrest during a traffic stop on I-5, just north of the Oakland exit. Officials said that Vickers had 1/2 pound of meth hidden inside of a large thermos on the car floor.
47-year-old Donald "Chris" Dodge was also arrested Tuesday night at his home in Roseburg. Dodge, who was on parole for previous meth delivery charges, was arrested for his alleged involvement in two methamphetamine buys. DINT seized both Dodge's car and over $2,000 in cash during the arrest.
Police arrested the third man, 34-year-old Bryan Michel at his Sutherlin home. Officers found a meth pipe and a small amount of meth in Michel's pocket.
When enacting the arrest at Michel's house, officials reported finding both an indoor and outdoor marijuana grow operation. Michel was growing 31 marijuana plants more than the legal medical marijuana limit.
All 3 men are being held at the Douglas County Jail on charges of unlawful possession and distribution of methamphetamine, and Michel also faces charges of possessing and distributing marijuana.
Officials said that there could be more charges filed.