News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: July 26, 2016, 8:27 a.m.
Clackamas County's drug task force just earned regional honors for a year of strong enforcement efforts.
The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program and the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association (ONEA) just presented the Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF) with their "2016 Outstanding Task Force Award."
The award recognizes the CCITF's efforts from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. During that time period the CCITF:
- seized 22 pounds of heroin
- seized 68 pounds of methamphetamine
- seized 3.6 pounds of cocaine
- seized 30 firearms
- seized 4,105 prescription pills
- made 141 arrests
- served 55 search warrants
- and investigated 15 heroin-overdose deaths, some of which led to federal prosecution under Len Bias laws -- under which a drug overdose causing death or serious injury can lead to stiffer criminal penalties for all members of the drug-distribution chain that led to the overdose death.
The seizures were a result of many different types of investigations -- from street-level cases to problem area residences to federal cases -- all with the goal of disrupting/dismantling Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs).
A photo of the award is linked above.
ABOUT THE CCITF
The Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF) is a coordinated group effort by state, local and federal law-enforcement officials to reduce illegal drugs and related crimes -- including child endangerment -- in Clackamas County.
The team comprises state, local, and federal partners including the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, FBI, Oregon State Police, Milwaukie PD, Oregon City PD, Gladstone PD, Canby PD, Clackamas County DA's Office and Clackamas County Community Corrections.
The United States Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) designated Clackamas County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in 2008. The CCITF is funded in part by Oregon's HIDTA program grants, which administered by ONDCP.
The CCITF's investigative focus is identified by Task Force member communities and tips from the public.
To learn more about the CCITF, including member agencies, or to send tips, click here.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office