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PORTLAND -- Three men were arrested Monday and accused of dealing heroin and methamphetamine at the wholesale level in the Portland area, according to the Multnomah County sheriff's office.

Francisco Sandoval Rellano was arrested in East Portland. Jorge Espinoza Cruz and Victor Reyez Valadez were arrested in Beaverton at an apartment complex on SW Scholls Ferry Road, according to Lt. Steve Alexander.

Investigators believe the three men are major players in the local drug trade. They were arraigned in court Tuesday.

Police found just over seven pounds of heroin and nine pounds of meth, along with about $17,000 in cash, Alexander said.

Investigators have seen an increase in heroin use in the last two years, Alexander said. The seizure reflects that demand, with more meth being confiscated than heroin, he said.

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The drugs at wholesale value were valued at about $181,000 and street level about $740,000, he said. They were found in the apartment hidden in sofa cushions and an older television set.

Investigators believe the trio was supplying the drugs to lower level dealers who would in turn sell it to street dealers.

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