Police seize crack cocaine in SW Portland drug bust
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
Portland police arrested a woman believed to be involved in a crack cocaine deal early Friday morning along Southwest 18th Avenue near West Burnside Street.
Police said narcotics officers were called to the area when a witness reported seeing a drug deal going down around 12:30 a.m.
Investigators said they believe the driver of a car was trying to buy crack cocaine from a dealer.
Police said officers also questioned a passenger in the driver's car.
"This bust involved a pretty good quantity of crack cocaine," said an undercover investigator, who wanted to remain anonymous. "Crack cocaine in the Old Town, China Town and downtown neighborhoods has been an ongoing problem for years. It's something we're trying to get on top of."
The early-morning bust happened a block away from Jeld-Wen Field.
"We want to increase livability and want to increase business downtown," said the investigator. "This is the way we're going to help do that."
Police said investigators charged Shanesha Hillerich, 32, with 5 counts for possession of cocaine, and another 5 counts for delivery of cocaine. The potential fines from those charges total $125,000.
Investigators also charged Hillerich for delivery of cocaine near a school, which has a maximum sentence of 20-years in prison and a $50,000 fine. She also faces charges for a probation/parole violation.
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