Drug crackdown near Horning's Hideout

Drug crackdown near Horning's Hideout

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by Mike Benner

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Posted on July 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 7:12 PM

BEAVERTON, Ore. - As Officer Nick Coplin loaded into his Beaverton Police Department rig on Friday, he knew it would not be a typical day on the job. 

Coplin and his colleagues would be looking for drivers headed to a music festival in unincorporated Washington County.

"There's been a lot of history of drug use and drug abuse," said Coplin.  "Problems spill out into the community from that."

In June 2011, at a similar festival on the same grounds, authorities said somebody who was high on drugs stole a vehicle and drove it into the metro area. The driver then hit and killed a mother and wife.

"The suspect in that case gout out of the car after running her over, took a picture of her lying on the ground," said Coplin.

That chilling image is the driving force behind the three-day mission. 

NewsChannel 8 was with officers when the stopped a bus full of about a dozen festival goers. 

A canine picked up on the scent of drugs in several of the bags, but no drugs were ever found.

Over the course of the mission, police did find ecstasy and candy laced with marijuana belonging to people heading to the festival. One of the people was a drummer with one of the bands.  

"It's about keeping people safe," said Coplin.

NewsChannel 8 contacted festival organizers for a comment on the story. They did not respond. 

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