'Trojan Horse' op busts huge Ore. meth ring

'Trojan Horse' op busts huge Ore. meth ring

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 9:49 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- A major southern Oregon drug bust resulted in more than 30 arrests and the seizure of 25 guns and four lbs. of methamphetamine, justice officials announced Wednesday.

The sting, called "Operation Trojan Horse," began last October. Police searched 23 homes and 22 vehicles in Klamath Falls, Bonanza, Chiloquin and other Klamath County locations, according to Jeff Manning with the office of Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

More than 300 law enforcement agents were involved in the operation, including local police and deputies and agents of the Oregon Dept. of Justice and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

"Today’s events mark one of the largest one-day round-ups of drug suspects in recent Oregon law enforcement history," Manning said. "The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office had to open an unused wing of the county jail to house the suspects."

He added that Klamath County meth ring was connected to Mexican drug cartels that "have successfully made inroads into Oregon, particularly into some rural parts of the state."

The suspects were each charged with multiple counts of racketeering and unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, Manning said. Their names were not released.

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