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Sheriff: Suspects arrested on heroin, meth charges; one released due to jail overcrowding

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Laura Ruhl, William Johnson, jail booking photos Laura Ruhl, William Johnson, jail booking photos
CORVALLIS, OR (KPTV) -

Three people are facing heroin and methamphetamine charges in Corvallis, but one suspect was released from custody due to jail overcrowding, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

A detective spotted a car determined to be stolen out of Albany on Thursday near Twin Oaks Circle and Southwest 3rd Street.

A man and woman later identified as 22-year-old Laura Ruhl and 25-year-old William Johnson were in the car, according to investigators.

A short time later, the detective said Ruhl and Johnson got into another vehicle driven by 28-year-old Tyler Boyce.

Boyce’s car was stopped and searched. A Corvallis Police Department K-9 alerted on heroin, meth and suspected psilocybin mushrooms, according to deputies. The quantity of drugs was described as “greater than user amounts.”

Deputies said cash, a digital scale, drug packaging material, a stolen bicycle, a loaded semi-automatic handgun and other drug-related items were also seized.

Boyce was issued a citation on charges of unlawful possession of heroin and meth. Ruhl and Johnson were arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of heroin and meth and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

Ruhl faces the additional charge of unlawful delivery of heroin and meth.

Deputies said Johnson, a convicted felon, was released from jail due to overcrowding and ordered to appear in court at a later date.  

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