Traffic stop leads to drug bust
Last updated 1/9/2024 at 9:07am
A Prineville resident is facing charges related to the trafficking of controlled substances after the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team executed a roadside search warrant just outside Sisters last weekend.
Law enforcement reports that on January 6, around 9 a.m., the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team concluded a long-term investigation and surveillance operation with the apprehension of Travis Ingram, 35, from Prineville.
According to Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp, Ingram was identified by drug agents as a trafficker of fentanyl and methamphetamine in Central Oregon. Vander Kamp stated that "initial investigation suggests that Ingram has been importing significant quantities of fentanyl pills and methamphetamine from the Yamhill County area into Central Oregon, where he distributes them in the Redmond and Prineville regions."
Following an overnight surveillance operation, CODE Detectives, in collaboration with Deschutes County Sheriff deputies, intercepted Ingram while he was driving a 2019 Honda Accord on Highway 20 W at mile post 95, just outside the Sisters city limits. Ingram was stopped for tailgating.
"The area was experiencing winter weather, making the road hazardous," Vander Kamp stated. "Firefighters from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District aided in managing traffic at the scene."
CODE narcotics detection K9 Bonnie was deployed and signaled her handler to the presence of a controlled substance within the Honda. K9 Bonnie is one of only two K9s in Central Oregon trained and certified to detect fentanyl, along with other controlled substances, according to a CODE Team release.
Following the investigation, CODE Detectives applied for and obtained a search warrant for Ingram's Honda. A subsequent search of Ingram's vehicle uncovered a substantial quantity of methamphetamine and counterfeit Oxycodone tablets containing fentanyl, CODE Team reported.
Ingram was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff's Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession and Attempted Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Fentanyl) ; Unlawful Possession and Attempted Distribution of Methamphetamine.