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Deputies: Heroin dealer with long rap sheet arrested near Milwaukie school

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Rafael Rivera-Rodriguez, jail booking photo on left. Evidence photo from Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force on right. Rafael Rivera-Rodriguez, jail booking photo on left. Evidence photo from Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force on right.
MILWAUKIE, OR (KPTV) -

An investigation into a heroin dealer operating in the Milwaukie area led to the arrest of a suspect about to make a drug deal across from a private school, according to deputies.

The Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force arrested Rafael Rivera-Rodriguez, 35, of Portland, on Southeast 25th Avenue in Milwaukie on Monday.

Deputies said Rivera-Rodriguez initially provided an alias, but his identity was determined when his fingerprints were checked against a national database.

Rivera-Rodriguez has a long criminal history that includes convictions for possession and delivery of heroin in Multnomah County. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said he also has several federal convictions throughout the U.S. on the charges of illegal re-entry of a removed alien.  

Rivera-Rodriguez was recently released from federal prison for an illegal re-entry conviction, according to deputies

At the time of his arrest, the task force said he was carrying three ounces of heroin worth a street value of $7,500.

Rivera-Rodriguez was booked in the Clackamas County Jail on charges of unlawful delivery and possession of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, as well as an outstanding warrant issued in 2008 out of Multnomah County on the charge of delivery of heroin.

The case was investigated by the Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force, along with the Milwaukie Police Department. The task force said heroin has become the number one drug threat in Clackamas County.

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