Narcotics detectives in Clatsop County made 20 arrests Sunday morning as the result of a six-month investigation into a drug trafficking operation they say has close ties to Pacific County.
Agents seized methamphetamine, heroin and more than $2,500 cash during "Operation Pandora's Box," according to a news release from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office.
The Pacific County Drug Task Force provided equipment and personnel to assist the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team with serving search warrants at two residences in Seaside and a compound in the 35000 block of Highway 26 in Clatsop County, the news release said.
The compound on Highway 26 — which consisted of a house surrounded by six campers and RVs powered by a generator — was found to be a significant source of heroin and methamphetamine in Clatsop and Pacific counties, narcotics agents said. The Clatsop County Drug Task Force said they had received citizen complaints about suspected drug activity at the other residences as well.
Police arrested 20 people from Seaside and Astoria, including several transients.
Authorities said the Highway 26 compound also presented a health hazard beyond the alleged drugs due to pipes sending sewage directly into the Necanicum River alongside the property. Also, detectives said they found hundreds of uncapped hypodermic needles, trace amounts of blood and buckets of urine and feces. All will be turned over to the Clatsop County for building and codes investigation.
Other agencies assisting with the early-morning raid were patrol, corrections (jail) and the parole and probation divisions of the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Seaside Police Department, Cannon Beach Police Department, Warrenton Police Department and Clatsop County Animal Control (to handle a pit bull at the compound).