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Month-Long Investigation Results In Drug Bust

GRAND RONDE -- Four people were arrested in Grand Ronde on April 4 following a month-long drug investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The individuals were part of a drug ring that operated out of a home at 9658 Tilixam Circle, said Dean Bender, sheriff's office spokesman.

Daniel Paul Hernandez, 26, was arrested for criminal conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and Vicodin, and unlawful possession and delivery of meth.

Gerardo Ortiz, 39, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to deliver meth and Vicodin, distribution and possession of meth, and possession of psychedelic mushrooms.

Kevin Roy Contrerras, 36, was arrested for conspiracy to deliver meth and Vicodin, possession of meth, and two counts each of possession and delivery of Vicodin.

April Katherine Lyons, 33, was arrested on charges of possession and delivery of meth.

Hernandez, Ortiz and Contrerras are lodged at Polk County Jail, and entered pleas of not guilty during their arraignments on April 6. Their tentative trial date is May 30. Lyons has not yet appeared in court.

Polk authorities started the case against the accused dealers on March 1, after neighborhood residents complained about a high amount of traffic near the home at all hours of the day, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A confidential informant under the sheriff's office's employ contacted Fernandez and Gerardo Ortiz, who also went by the names "G-Man" and "Pork Chop," respectively, several times during the course of the month and finally made a buy early April 4.

Polk deputies served a search warrant at the residence that day, with assistance from the Dallas SWAT and Lincoln County narcotics team, said Sheriff Bob Wolf.

"This was a cooperative effort with other law enforcment agencies to bring this investigation to a close," he said.

Linda Noreen Brandon, Kelly Joe Morris and Petra Katherine Sievers, all from the Grand Ronde area, were also arrested on various drug charges in connection with the investigation.

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