CODE: Bend man with criminal past arrested for meth, possession of firearm

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Central Oregon drug agents said they arrested and seized drugs from a 45-year-old Bend man with a criminal past late Tuesday evening.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team said the arrest of Justin Thomas Joseph Polit was the result of a longer-term drug investigation and was concluded with a short foot chase, apprehension, and search warrant.

In a different investigation, on April 5, 2023, the CODE team served a search warrant and arrested Polit for unlawful manufacture of cocaine, unlawful possession of cocaine, and unlawful delivery of cocaine, CODE said. After this arrest and over the past several months, the detective unit continued to get information that Polit was continuing to sell drugs in the Central Oregon area. 

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Drug agents continued to gather evidence and investigate Polit for distributing illegal narcotics using different investigative techniques, CODE said.

Late Tuesday night, drug agents were granted a search warrant for Polit and his hotel room, CODE said. Its team conducted surveillance on Polit at the hotel he was staying at in the area of NE 27th St. and Highway 20 in Bend.

Drug agents allegedly observed Polit exiting the building and attempted to make contact, but Polit fled on foot. An arrest team was able to capture and take Polit into custody after a short foot pursuit after he attempted to elude police, CODE said.

Police say Polit was in possession of a concealed homemade 3D printed pistol frame without a serial number and a substantial quantity of methamphetamine. Drug agents also searched his hotel room and allegedly found packaging material, additional methamphetamine, a scale, cash, a dagger, and evidence that drugs were being distributed by Polit.

Polit was booked into the Deschutes County Jail on charges of; unlawful possession and attempted delivery of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to CODE. More charges may be filed, CODE said.

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