A Redmond man was arrested Wednesday on several drug-related charges after a weeks-long investigation into a suspected commercial drug enterprise out of a home less than 1,000 feet from a school.
According to Detective Sgt. April Huey, the Redmond Police Street Crimes Unit with assistance from the Criminal Investigations Unit, Patrol Division, and Central Oregon Drug Enforcement, conducted a search warrant at a residence in the 2300 block of W Antler Avenue. During the search of the residence, officers found a large amount of methamphetamine, drug packaging materials, money, a loaded handgun, and stolen property, Huey said. The residence is between the Redmond Early Learning Center and the Redmond Proficiency Academy.
The investigation led to the arrest of 39-year-old Dustin Steers on Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a School, and Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a School. He was arrested at his home during the search and booked into Deschutes County Jail.
Huey said while conducting the search warrant at Steers’ residence, detectives determined a woman at the home, 31-year-old Alicia Kenney of Portland, was in possession of a stolen tablet. She was charged with Theft II by Receiving and booked at the Deschutes County Jail.
Detectives spent several hours at the location seizing the drugs, the loaded gun, money, and recovering the stolen electronic tablet. The estimated total amount of methamphetamine that was seized was 125 grams. The total money seized was $625, Huey said.
The Redmond Police Department relies on tips and reports from members of the community of any suspicious people or drug activity to identify possible criminal activity and drug houses in the area. Please contact your local law enforcement agency as soon as possible when you believe you see any suspicious activity or drug activity in your neighborhood.