Molalla traffic stop leads to drug bust, later recovery of large cache of stolen guns and equipment

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013, 10:37 a.m.

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Last week, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies and Molalla Police made a drug bust from a traffic stop, recovered a large cache of stolen firearms, and solved several open theft and burglary cases.
Over the past few months, Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives received tips that a man -- known to investigators at the time only as "Swerve" -- was dealing drugs and taking in stolen items and guns in for trade in the South County area.

During this time, Sheriff's Office property detectives were simultaneously investigating a large string of burglaries and thefts in the same area.

Then, last week, a Molalla Police officer stopped a traffic violator in Molalla.

Sheriff's Office deputies arrived to assist. Found during the traffic stop: a handgun, over 2 ounces of heroin, and over an ounce of meth.

Further investigation revealed a much larger case.

Evidence obtained during the traffic stop led police to later identify the mysterious "Swerve" as Brian Urban, age 32, of Mulino. Urban was arrested on the following charges:

  • Ex Con in Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of Controlled Substances -- Heroin and Methamphetamine
  • Outstanding warrants for drug charges and theft.

Brian Urban was booked and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

Further investigation led detectives to execute a search warrant at Urban's residence in Mulino.

In Urban's residence, investigators reportedly found a large stockpile of stolen goods -- including a golf cart, chainsaws, mountain bikes, air compressors, and many other items. Seventeen various firearms were also recovered -- including high-end rifles, shotguns, and even gun silencers.

Photos of some of the recovered items are attached to this release, as well as an arrest photo of Urban.
At this writing, investigators have tied 3 open burglaries, 2 felony thefts, and 2 vehicle break-ins to this case -- and the investigation continues.

Investigators are actively working to return the stolen items to their owners.

"One of the big challenges of cases like these is getting property back to their owners," explains Property Detective Sgt. Matt Swanson.

Sgt. Swanson encourages the recording of serial numbers off all items you own, as well as adding your own "owner applied number" (OAN). These numbers should be permanently engraved and unique to the owner.
Serial numbers and OANs can be entered by police into databases that help police return stolen property back to the owners more quickly when recovered.


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Robert Wurpes, Lieutenant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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